What is it about?
Pausing in language production is a unique window to explore the real-time language processing. We have shown that the total frequency of pausing decreased with age and showed a significant gender difference in 4- to 5-year-old children. They prefered to use silent pauses and tend to produce pauses within clauses. Children's pausing frequency was closely associated with their verbal working memory and vocabulary.
Photo by Luke Michael on Unsplash
Why is it important?
This study is a first-step exploration of pausing strategies in young Chinese children's narratives. The developmental characteristics of pausing strategies shown in typically developing children serve as a crucial reference for interventions for children with language deficits.
Read the Original
This page is a summary of: The Pausing Strategies in Chinese Preschool Children's Narratives, Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, February 2023, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), DOI: 10.1044/2022_jslhr-21-00542.
You can read the full text:
The following have contributed to this page