Introduction to the FPRC Bibliography

Gateway to knowledgeAs a filled pause researcher, I have been somewhat frustrated over the years by the fact that the research on filled pauses and many hesitation phenomena or disfluency phenomena is quite dispersed. Over time, the active domain of research on these topics has shifted from clinical psychology to forensics, to psycholinguistics, to sociolinguistics, to second language teaching, to acoustic phonetics, to natural language engineering, to cognitive science, to neurolinguistics, and so on, sometimes shifting back to certain fields and often overlapping several fields. This means that a comprehensive search of the literature is very difficult as there is no single journal that is the premier journal on these topics. When a relevant article does appear, most likely it is the only relevant one in its issue. Furthermore, cross-field searches are difficult as each field may use different terms for different phenomena and different approaches that may be unfamiliar (or even not accepted) in other fields.

 
Therefore, in keeping with the fundamental purpose of the Filled Pause Research Center ("Investigating um and uh and other hesitation phenomena" -- see slogan at top of every page), I will be maintaining a bibliography of references related to this area.  And here, "related" is intended very loosely:  If there's at least a tenuous connection, then I'll try to include it in the bibliography.  Of course, I make no claim that it is a comprehensive bibliography, and I invite other researchers to send me any references I have overlooked.
 
One might ask why anybody would want to use this bibliography when you can simply just do a net search for what you're looking for. Well, as we all know, net searches often turn up lots of totally unrelated material.  Even if you limit your search to just Google Scholar or CiteSeer, many irrelevant items may turn up. In this bibliography, I will guarantee that every search result will contain items with at least a tenous connection (see above) to the study of disfluency. Furthermore, while Google is great, it does have occasional gaps -- ones that you may not always realize are there. Of course, the same criticism will probably applicable here, too, but hopefully, the FPRC bibliography will fill in some of Google's gaps (and maybe vice versa, too).
 
Unfortunately, I will not be providing a download service here. First, there are licensing restrictions that would prevent me from doing so, and second, I can't afford the bandwidth cost. Where possible, I will provide DOI/URL links to documents directly or to the item's abstract page.  Some items that are in the public domain I may provide as a direct download. I regret that means that some researchers at small institutions might not be able to access some of the externally-linked documents because their own institutions don't have access. I also regret that I won't be able to handle requests to send individual copies (again, licensing limitations). I'm sorry.
 
Finally, you can keep track of newly added citations by subscribing to the rss news feed. If you notice a gap in the bibliography and wish to suggest some references, I'm happy to accept your suggestions, but please read the submission instructions first. Also, if you have some suggestions about how to make the bibliography more useful to you, please let me know. Or, you can simply let me know whether it is useful. All comments are welcome and helpful.