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Original Paper

Breathing, Pausing and Reading

Grosjean F. · Collins M.

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Northeastern University, Boston. Mass.

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Phonetica 1979;36:98–114

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Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: November 13, 2009
Issue release date: 1979

Number of Print Pages: 17
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0031-8388 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0321 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PHO

Abstract

An analysis of the breathing patterns of speakers in a variable-rate reading task shows that the duration and frequency of breathing pauses are dependent both on the rate of speaking and the syntactic nature of the pause location. Non-breathing pauses follow the same pattern of occurrence as breathing pauses, but are always shorter and tend to occur primarily at minor constituent breaks. At slow and normal rates, speakers accommodate their need to inhale to the preplanned pause patterns. At fast rates, however, the physiological need to breathe is the sole determinant of pausing.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: November 13, 2009
Issue release date: 1979

Number of Print Pages: 17
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0031-8388 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0321 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PHO


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