Hesitation- spoken and text

Spoken language can communicate more than just what is said. The fluency of the speaker shows the confidence of the speaker and their knowledge of the topic.

“You lose a bit of control every time you insert hesitation into your speech.”

An example of this would be hesitation. “Yes, the um.. The match is really going to be decided on the, like the form of the teams, and like luck of the day”. As seen here there is uncertainty in the speech where there is hesitation. Not only do the speakers show a lack of knowledge of the topic, it also shows unpreparedness and unsureness of what they are talking about. However, text language doesn’t usually show this. Due to the fact that texting isn’t always instant, it gives the user a chance to be able to word what they say careful and find appropriate answers.

Hesitation can lead to a loss of control in your speech for example, ” in speech umm.. (next person) I am talking about something different and not interested.” Here the speaker has paused and lost the professionalism in his speech. This may lose the interest of others then, in turn, losing the audience and your control.

In text language hesitation doesn’t usually show in the forms of “Um” “ah” as it does in spoken language. For example, in the text, if the user is lost or uninterested they might say “haha ha ha haha.” When something is not funny. Words such as “LOL” are just fillers as they have lost most of their meaning due to over use.

In conclusion, I believe that the way someone speaks or texts shows their knowledge, confidence and interest in the topic. if you have a more stronger and fluent speech you show a high understanding and confidence


One Reply to “Hesitation- spoken and text”

  1. You’ve made a set of very clear points in this analysis, and they stand up to scrutiny.

    This would form an excellent basis for a more developed feature article about (for example) why people might be beginning to resort to text and online communication in preference to contact in person – and also perhaps how, while many of the features of spoken communication (especially elements reflecting prosody and paralinguistic features) have found their way into text communication, there is still one fundamental difference between them: speech is instantaneous, text communication is delayed.

    You’ve already made a reference to this in your piece – and I think it could be developed significantly.

    Ideally, in the end, you’ll have written a piece that could be published as a feature article in a literary magazine that explores language in the contemporary context. Think in terms of having a reader to appeal to.

    You have all the building blocks in place – I’m happy to discuss this further if you’re interested in doing so.

    (Consider using a catchy title to focus your argument too)


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