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    The roles of uh/um in conversational management and implications for teaching English conversation 

    Berendt, Erich A. (Assumption University Press, 2010)

    The ubiquitous uh/um (with alternate spellings of er, ah) in English conversation have had limited analysis in spoken discourse, generally being included under the undifferentiated label "hesitation expressions''. This paper first reviews how these utterances are represented in a variety of dictionaries, mostly for English as a Second Language users. Research in theirfunction in spoken discourse is examined in terms of the interactive functions they have in spontaneous dyadic interaction as well as casual story telling and informal tutorials. The ...