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Crosslinguistic Corpus of Hesitation Phenomena (CCHP) First Release!

The Filled Pause Research Center is please to announce the initial release of Corpus of Hesitation Phenomena (CCHP) materials. This release includes audio files (wav and mp3) and transcripts (annotated xml and plain text) for six participants.  The transcription process is still ongoing. Thus, transcripts in this release do not yet contain time markings and there are no Praat TextGrid files yet.

Those who wish to access the corpus are asked to create a new account in the FPRC.  After doing so, the corpus archive can be accessed on the CCHP main page. Registered users may then download the entire corpus (as released so far) or sub-collections of the corpus or browse and download individual files in the corpus.

A Brief Taxonomy of Hesitation Phenomena

Hesitation phenomena are an integral part of speech, particularly unscripted, spontaneous speech. A crucial factor underlying all hesitation phenomena is the fact that all of them entail the delay of message transfer in some way. That is, if the phenomenon had not occurred, the communication of the speaker's message would have been faster. Yet, it is not easy to construct a clear categorization of the different types since there is characterization of hesitation phenomena in the literature has not been particularly consistent.

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