Filled pauses and prolongations in Roman Italian task-oriented dialogue

  • Jessica Di Napoli Institute of English, American, and Romance Studies, RWTH Aachen University


This paper presents work in progress on two markers of hesitation in Roman Italian task-oriented dialogue, namely filled pauses and prolongations. We investigate their form, relative frequency, and distributional characteristics in Italian. Initial results suggest that Italian speakers produce prolongations more frequently than filled pauses, and that the prototypical hesitant prolongation involves a word-final vowel.