This paper reports a speech production experiment in which the effects of surrounding phrase lengths and head-argument distance on intra-sentential pause duration were tested. While the results confirm an effect of phrase length on pausing, this effect is found to be distinctly stronger for long phrases preceding the pause than for long upcoming phrases. The results are discussed with respect to intonational phrasing tendencies and ordering preferences for unequal-sized constituents.
Bibliographic reference. Kentner, Gerrit (2007): "Length, ordering preference and intonational phrasing: evidence from pauses", In INTERSPEECH-2007, 2637-2640.