The Filled Pause Research Center is a virtual study hall broadly devoted to the investigation of various types of hesitation phenomena (e.g., filled pauses, repairs, repeats) in speech and writing. It also serves as the main distribution archive for the Corpus of Hesitation Phenomena.

Wait, what? A written text can be disfluent, too?

I recently read an article entitled, "Disfluency disrupts the confirmation bias" (Hernandez, I., & Preston J. L. (2013). Disfluency disrupts the confirmation bias. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 49(1), p. 178-182.) which is a rather interesting look at how confirmation bias—the tendency to give greater credibility to evidence that comports with one's already held beliefs—can be dampened by presenting information to people in a disfluent manner. I was interested in the article for obvious reasons (yay, disfluency!) and quickly added it to my Kindle for reading during my next walk to and from campus.  However, I got about one or two pages in before I realized something: The article is not about speech disfluency, but rather text disfluency.

What does "Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech" look like?

OK, this is purely for fun.  After getting all the information pages set up for the history of the Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech workshop series (here), I decided to extract the text from the proceedings (unfortunately not all, because for some workshops I only have image scans) and then created a few Wordles™ based on the text.  Here are a few results in slightly varying formats.

DiSS workshop history and the FPRC bibliography

Poster sessionI'm pleased to announce that I have now uploaded all of the Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech workshop paper citations (with abstracts) to the FPRC Bibliography.  You can browse the citations, read the abstracts and even download the whole historical list, if you like. Links are also provided to where you can download the actual papers for most of the workshops. Unfortunately, papers for a couple of the workshops are not yet available on-line, so I can't provide links to those, yet. But you can at least peruse the abstracts.  I will add download links as soon as it's possible.

Announcement: Opening of the FPRC bibliography

Gateway to learningThe slogan of the Filled Pause Research Center (see header at top of this page) is "Investigating um and uh and other hesitation phenomena". In keeping with this slogan, the FPRC will maintain a bibliography of books, articles, conference presentations and papers, and other documents related to the study of disfluency. The goal is to add citation information, abstracts, and links to where users can download original documents in a database that is indexed and fully searchable. Of course, at first, I expect there will be a number of gaps, some which are perhaps sizable.  Over time, though, I hope to close those gaps, perhaps with the kind and generous assistance of users of the bibliography.  I doubt it will ever be fully comprehensive, but if the point can be reached wherein this is the go-to place to begin one's research in disfluency-related phenomena, then I will be quite satisfied.

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