ERIC Number: EJ554453
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1997
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Pronouncing "The" as "Thee" to Signal Problems in Speaking.
Tree, Jean E. Fox; Clark, Herbert H.
Cognition, v62 n2 p151-67 Feb 1997
Examined large corpus of spontaneous English conversation for pronunciation of "the" and speech patterns immediately following. Found that speakers use "thiy" (versus "thuh") pronunciation to signal immediate suspension of speech to deal with a problem in production; problems were at many levels of production, including articulation, word retrieval, and choice of message, but most were in the following nominal. (Author/EV)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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