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The authors conducted two naturalistic spoken language corpus studies that investigated the nature of Finnish filled pauses, discourse particles, and the planning particle "tota", the latter of which has hesitation and pragmatic functions. The authors found that the usage of "tota" was different from filled pauses and in their network analysis clustered together with grammatical politeness items (suffixes). This supports previous studies that suggest that filled pauses can, at least in some contexts, resemble and behave like grammatical items.

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Studying the membership of linguistic categories of words like "tota" is important because it helps us better understand how people use language in different contexts. By analyzing the usage and functions of these words, we can learn more about the structure and organization of language, as well as gain insights into how people convey meaning through language. Additionally, understanding the linguistic categories of words can help us improve language technology, such as natural language processing systems, which rely on accurate categorization of words to function effectively.

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This page is a summary of: Investigation into the linguistic category membership of the Finnish planning particle tota, Pragmatics & Cognition, December 2022, John Benjamins,
DOI: 10.1075/pc.21019.kir.
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