Working Papers in Linguistics - 2020

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    Delays Without Fillers: The Example of Western Subanon
    (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics, 2020-12-01) Blake, A.L.
    According to Himmelmann (2014), western Austronesian languages do not have fillers comparable to English uh; instead they use other vocal hesitations, such as lengthened segments within lexical items. This paper explores hesitation phenomena in one western Austronesian language, Western Subanon (ISO639-3: suc), and shows that speakers use a number of additional delay devices besides segmental lengthening. These include a typologically unusual series of partially reduplicated case markers. These findings allow us to expand upon a typology of delay devices proposed by Fox (2010) and indicate that further research on hesitation phenomena in diverse languages is needed. Keywords: Western Subanon, Subanen, Philippine, Austronesian, filler, delay, hesitation