filled pause

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Meaningless vocalizations (such as ‘um’ and ‘er’) that signify a break in a speaker's fluency. These need not be signs of nervousness or lack of skill but may reflect pauses for thought. They also have back-channel functions, such as in turn-taking.

Subjects: Media Studies — Psychology.

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