earliest recording of "uh"/"um"/other disfluency?
>I am a writer based in Austin, Texas, who is working on a book about verbal
>blundering, including speech slips and speech disfluencies. I wonder if you
can help >me find early recorded examples of these features of spoken
>uh, um, and other filled pauses
>repeated words ("I went went to the store")
>restarted sentences ("The main thing is -- Look at it this way...")
>stuttering (both by "normal" speakers and by people who stutter)
>silent pauses (not for effect, but because the speaker is looking for a
You might be interested in obtaining a copy of ARSC Conference 1999 Lecture#
99-14 The Hung Groove: Stuttering on Early Recordings, by George Paul (Mt.
Morris, NY) (45:00)
Go to: http://www.arsc-audio.org/cds.html
for information on ordering a copy.
I don't know if this would fit your parameters, but I would think that Louis
Armstrong's 1926 recording of "Heebie Jeebies" would merit mention, as might
the "Eefin'" of Cliff Edwards ("Ukelele Ike"), and Rose Murphy ("The
Also, Kermit Schaefer's "Pardon My Blooper" series.