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Why do we, like, hesitate when we, um, speak? - Lorenzo Garca-Amaya

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Channel: TED-Ed
Categories: English / Literature   |   Society / Culture   |   Psychology   |   Social Science  
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Why do we fill pauses in speech with words like um, uh, and like? Dig into the hesitation phenomenon to find out their linguistic significance.

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For as long as weve had language, some people have tried to control it. And some of the most frequent targets of this communication regulation are the ums, ers, and likes that pepper our conversations. These linguistic fillers occur roughly 2 to 3 times per minute in natural speech. So are ums and uhs just a habit we cant break? Or is there more to them? Lorenzo Garca-Amaya investigates.

Lesson by Lorenzo Garca-Amaya, directed by Yael Reisfeld.

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View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-do-we-like-hesitate-when-we-um-speak-lorenzo-garcia-amaya
Dig deeper with additional resources: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-do-we-like-hesitate-when-we-um-speak-lorenzo-garcia-amaya#digdeeper

Animator's website: https://www.yaelreisfeld.com/
Educator's website: http://umich.edu/~speechlab/
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