Filled pauses in spoken youth language and in user-generated microtext

with Dr. Ines Rehbein, University of Heidelberg

Wed, September 5, 2018 | BUR 337

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Dr. Rehbein will present a corpus study investigating the use of the fillers “äh” (uh) and “ähm” (uhm) in informal spoken German youth language and in written text from social media. Her study shows that filled pauses occur in both corpora as markers of hesitations, corrections, repetitions and unfinished sentences, and that the form as well as the type of the fillers are distributed similarly in both registers. She will present an analysis of fillers in written microblogs, illustrating that “äh” and “ähm” are used intentionally and can add a subtext to the message that is understandable to both author and reader. She thus argues that filled pauses in user-generated content from socialmedia are words with extrapropositional meaning.  



Sponsored by: Sponsored by the Department of Germanic Studies, Linguistics Research Center, and Texas Language Center.

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