This site is devoted to disseminating information about filled pauses and related phenomena in communication. Here, you can find academic information about these topics, musings on this and sundry other things as well as links to various resources that I've created that may elucidate why, how, and when people say 'um'.
News about the FPRC, research efforts, and other relevant stuff
Thoughts about hesitation phenomena and related topics
Info about and access to the Corpus of Hesitation Phenomena
A bibliography of related research articles and resources
Info about the Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech workshops
My first virtual conference!
Before the Coronavirus situation hit, I had about five different conferences and trips lined up for this year. Naturally, though, as the situation grew more serious and borders began to close, like dominoes, every single one of those events was cancelled. However, one of them, the JALTCALL conference -- run annually by the computer-assisted language learning (CALL) special interest group of the Japan Association for Language Learning (JALT), decided to shift their physical conference (which would have been held in Akita Prefecture, in the far north of Japan) to a virtual conference, giving all presenters the option to join in the event online, via video conferencing....
Speech Prosody 2020, yes ... no ... YES!
When I heard that Speech Prosody would be held in Tokyo in 2020, I knew that I wanted to be sure to join in the fun. I have wanted to join a Speech Prosody conference for some years, but one reason or another, it never really fit my schedule or budget. But, being in the same city, I had no excuse. So, I eagerly submitted a paper. And then, CoronaVirus hit in February and grew more and more serious. Speech Prosody was to be held in May, so early on, it seemed it would be fine. There was a lot of communication between the organizers and the participants and talk of moving it to October, or 2021, or online, or even cancelling it completely. Finally, the choice was made: Move it online. But not in real-time. Instead, they went for asking presenters to prepare a video of their presentations to be displayed via YouTube. This was a first me, but an enjoyable one....