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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.

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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.

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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.
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