Pausing in speech allows a speaker to plan for the upcoming utterance, as well as to indicate to the listener finality of utterance. In this paper I examine pause patterning and IPU length in two typologically distinct Australian languages; Dalabon and Kayardild. Results show that Dalabon prefers considerably longer stretches of continuous speech than Kayardild. Preliminary findings reveal that the length of an IPU does not correlate to pause durations.
Bibliographic reference. Ross, Bella (2008): "Pausing and phrase length in two australian languages", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 1123.