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eeerm! Fillers, pauses and interruptions

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Karen Griffiths

on 6 May 2013

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Transcript of eeerm! Fillers, pauses and interruptions

ERM! EH? HUH? Fillers, pauses and interruptions! PAUSES FILLERS How many fillers can you think of?

What can pauses and fillers indicate about your talk?

How might these be indicated on a transcript? NOT JUST WORDS... Talk in Life: Thinking about interruptions. Quickly write down a couple of lines about something that really interested you over the weekend or last week.




Now read this out to the person sitting next to you (person B). Person B should interrupt them mid sentence with a question or comment.
Now swap over! How was your interruption received? Did you feel that it was valuable to interrupt? Question for Person A Question for Person B Excuse me…. In pairs, discuss and write down answers to the following questions:
1. List three reasons why you might interrupt someone.
2. Give two examples of a context when you might expect to be interrupted.
3. Why do we interrupt people when we speak?
4. What makes an interruption polite or impolite?
5.a) How would a writer detail an interruption in a dialogue in a piece of literature?
5b)What might their purpose be? TALK IN LIFE: INTERRUPTIONS & PAUSES 1. List three reasons why you might interrupt someone. To add something to what they’re saying, because you strongly agree or disagree, because you’re trying to undermine or praise them.
2. Give two examples of a context when you might expect to be interrupted. If you’re delivering a presentation, in a classroom.
3. Why do we interrupt people when we speak? It depends on the context-There are many reasons: to agree, disagree, be polite, to disconcert them. INTERRUPTIONS & PAUSES What makes an interruption polite or impolite? It’s sometimes dependent on the intention of the interrupter (are they undermining? Giving praise?). It depends on how well you know the person and para-linguistics (tone of voice, body language) and what the other person deems polite and impolite.

How would a writer detail an interruption in a dialogue in a piece of literature? Phrases such as ‘excuse me’, breaking off mid sentence, having a character interrupt.

What might their purpose be? It could be any of the reasons listed in question 3. Answers to Questions INTERRUPTIONS How did the interruption affect
what you were saying? Was it helpful? Why do we have pauses?


What utterances do we make when we pause?


Can you think of examples in the media where pauses are used a lot?

We categorise pauses into MICRO, TIMED and FILLERS IS THERE ANYWHERE THAT YOU NOW NEED TO ADD IN A PAUSE? CONSIDER YOUR TRANSCRIPTS
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