Süäüüelläi (alcarilinque) wrote in linguaphiles,
Süäüüelläi
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I can has "um" wurdz kplz?

So, (since I must start every post with "So"), I was talking with my father about how to sound more fluent in a language, and came across words that you use to stall for time, while you search for whatever word you can't find at the moment.

So... Tell me what they are in your language(s). I'm looking for things like "umm", "hmm", "uhh", "wellllll", and so on. A transcription might be nice, but I can manage to interpret a lot of writing systems, so don't worry if you don't know the IPA or any alternative transcriptions! If however, you want to provide spectrograms and formant frequencies, that is perfectly okay by me.

Also, is there a better term for these words than the ad hoc "um"-words?
Tags: "um" words, howdoyousay
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