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    Hi there,

    Could anyone give me a comprehensive list of features that are apparent in everyday spontaneous speech (such as fillers, interjections etc)

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    Welcome, Ash.

    The following list and diagram are from Module 10: Conversation and Lexis - A Course for Assessing and Developing Lexical Competence on the Internet.

    Features of authentic speech such as:


    10.1. Filled pauses: Sounds such as er, um, erm, etc. give speakers time to think.

    10.2. Fillers: Words such as "well, you know, I mean" which carry no meaning but give speaker time to plan what to say.

    10.3. False starts: Speaker starts in a particular way, then changes their mind and begins again.

    10.4. Repetitions: Same word or phrases said repeatedly.

    10.5. Contracted forms. In addition to verbal contractions, some words are shortened: "Them= em"/because = cause".

    10.6. Ellipsis. Pronouns or relatives are omitted.

    10.7. Non-standard grammar. They break standard rules.

    10.8. Hesitations or silent pauses.


    All these features have been compiled in the following diagram:

    All the best.

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    Thanks for your help!

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    You're most welcome.

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    Default Re: Features of spontaneous speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ash View Post
    Hi there,

    Could anyone give me a comprehensive list of features that are apparent in everyday spontaneous speech (such as fillers, interjections etc)

    Cheers,

    Ash
    Here's a list that doesn't go into as much detail as that link - you may find it more digestible!

    I picked it up from a course I helped out with a few years ago, so don't know who should get the credit; certainly not me!

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    Could you explain the 'recycling' feature a little further?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ash View Post
    Could you explain the 'recycling' feature a little further?
    It's a bit like the speech impediment known as a "stammer", but much more common. The speaker starts an utterance, and reaches a point where he or she can't find the right word (or thinks better of a word, and needs time to find a suitable alternative). They repeat a syllable or word as a sort of 'run up' to the second attempt - hence the example in that sheet: "the ... the computer".

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