A Linguistic Field Study at Lafayette College:
In my field study I concentrated on interruption, frequency of turn, length of turn, use of profanity and slang, length of pauses between turns, and use of filler words and phrases ("uh," "um," "I don't know,"). This final characteristic was a personal curiousity. I frequently note "uh's" and "um's" in a conversation. I wondered if men used them more than women, since most of my women friends speak very quickly, jamming as much into one sentence as possible before someone else jumps in with more information. This should not be confused with interruption -- Tannen discusses this characteristic and terms it Cooperative Overlap.
The complete discussion of my field study may be of interest to you.
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