ISCA Archive Interspeech 2021
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2021

Revisiting Recall Effects of Filler Particles in German and English

Beeke Muhlack, Mikey Elmers, Heiner Drenhaus, Jürgen Trouvain, Marjolein van Os, Raphael Werner, Margarita Ryzhova, Bernd Möbius

This paper reports on two experiments that partially replicate an experiment by Fraundorf and Watson (2011, J Mem. Lang.) on the recall effect of filler particles. Their subjects listened to three passages of a story, either with or without filler particles, which they had to retell afterwards. They analysed the subjects’ retelling in terms of whether important plot points were remembered or not. For their English data, they found that filler particles facilitate the recall of the plot points significantly compared to stories that did not include filler particles. As this seems to be a convincing experimental design, we aimed at evaluating this method as a web-based experiment which may, if found to be suitable, easily be applied to other languages. Furthermore, we investigated whether their results are found in German as well (Experiment 1), and evaluated whether filler duration has an effect on recall performance (Experiment 2). Our results could not replicate the findings of the original study: in fact, the opposite effect was found for German. In Experiment 1, participants performed better on recall in the fluent condition, while no significant results were found for English in Experiment 2.

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2021-1056

Cite as: Muhlack, B., Elmers, M., Drenhaus, H., Trouvain, J., Os, M.v., Werner, R., Ryzhova, M., Möbius, B. (2021) Revisiting Recall Effects of Filler Particles in German and English. Proc. Interspeech 2021, 3979-3983, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2021-1056

  author={Beeke Muhlack and Mikey Elmers and Heiner Drenhaus and Jürgen Trouvain and Marjolein van Os and Raphael Werner and Margarita Ryzhova and Bernd Möbius},
  title={{Revisiting Recall Effects of Filler Particles in German and English}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2021},