The linguistic role of hesitation disfluencies: evidence from Hebrew and Japanese

Publication Type:

Conference Paper


The 6th Workshop on Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech (DiSS 2013), Volume 54, Number 1, Stockholm, Sweden, p.67-70 (2013)





DiSS, hesitation disfluency, Israeli Hebrew, Japanese, prosody-syntax interface


In this paper we examine a certain aspect of prosodysyntax interface, that of hesitation disfluencies (HD) that occur intra-phrases or intra-morphemes. Such cases were found in two spontaneous corpora of two syntactically distinct languages – Israeli Hebrew (IH) and Japanese. It was found that intra-phrasal hesitations in the two languages calls for different explanations, since in Japanese the noun (e.g., in NP) precedes the case marking particle while in IH the preposition (e.g., in PP) precedes the noun. In this paper we will present qualitative findings and suggest a unified view of the phenomenon of intra-phrasal HDs.


KTH Royal Institute of Technology; August 21-23, 2013