Book: Fillers, Pauses and Placeholders: Amiridze, Davis, Maclagan (Eds), Typological Studies in Language 93

Nino Amiridze nino.amiridze at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 26 11:43:48 UTC 2010

[Apologies for multiple copies]

Dear Colleagues,

Boyd Davis, Margaret Maclagan and I are happy to announce the
publication of a new book:

Title: Fillers, Pauses and Placeholders
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 93

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL:

Editors: Nino Amiridze, Boyd H. Davis and Margaret Maclagan

Fillers are items that speakers insert in spontaneous speech as a
repair strategy. Types of fillers include hesitation markers and
placeholders. Both are used to fill pauses that arise during planning
problems or in lexical retrieval failure. However, while hesitation
markers may not bear any resemblance to lexical items they replace,
placeholders typically share some morphosyntactic properties with the
target form. Additionally, fillers can function as a pragmatic tool,
in order to replace lexical items that the speaker wants to avoid
mentioning for some reason.

The present volume is the first collection on the topic of fillers and
will be a useful reference work for future investigations on the
topic. It consists of typological surveys and in-depth studies
exploring the form and use of fillers across languages and sections of
different populations, including cognitively impaired speakers. The
volume will be interesting to typologists and linguists working in
discourse studies.

Table of contents:
Introduction (Barbara A. Fox);
Parameters for typological variation of placeholders (Vera I. Podlesskaya);
A cross-linguistic exploration of demonstratives in interaction: With
particular reference to the context of word-formulation trouble
(Makoto Hayashi and Kyung-Eun Yoon);
Placeholder verbs in Modern Georgian (Nino Amiridze);
>From interrogatives to placeholders in Udi and Agul spontaneous
narratives (Dmitry Ganenkov, Yury Lander and Timur Maisak);
Fillers and placeholders in Nahavaq (Laura Dimock);
The interactional profile of a placeholder: The Estonian demonstrative
'see' (Leelo Keevallik);
Fillers and their relevance in describing Sliammon Salish (Honoré Watanabe);
Pauses, fillers, placeholders and formulaicity in Alzheimer’s
discourse: Gluing relationships as impairment increases (Boyd H. Davis
and Margaret Maclagan)
Language index
Name index
Subject index

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Typology
Written In: English  (eng)

Nino Amiridze

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