IJLLL 2016 Vol.2(3): 96-99 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2016.2.3.74

An Analysis of the Fillers Used by Asian Students in Busan, South Korea: A Comparative Study

Valantino Ateng Pamolango
Abstract—The aim of this paper is to emphasize the importance of fillers to students at the university, and investigate how many fillers are used by the students when they answer questions in English and if so, which function of fillers they tend to use and why. Although there might be no teaching issue for acquisition of fillers, being spoken discourse markers, the aim is rather to increase the learners’ awareness of fillers when they hesitate in the foreign language, which is actually the very nature of speaking. Ten questions were asked to the students at Dong Eui University in the winter semester of 2016/2017 academic year. The questions were starterd from the easy to the difficult one. 8 students who are using English as their communication tool were chosen from 8 countries in Asia, such as Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Laos, Korea, Philippines, Japan and China. Through voice recordings and related transcriptions, the results basically revealed that the students used fillers in order to answer the hard questions. The data showed that all the students produced more unlexicalized than the lexicalized fillers. In the function of the fillers, the types of fillers produced had the functions as a holder the turn, as a mark of hesitation, as a empathizer, as a time-creating device, and as an editing term. As a conclusion, the more difficult the language used, the more fillers are produced.

Index Terms—Fillers, speaking, Asian, international students.

Valantino Ateng Pamolango is with the Dong-Eui University, Busan, South Korea and University of 17 Agustus 1945 Surabaya, Indonesia (e-mail: v.a.pamolango@untag-sby.ac.id).

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Cite:Valantino Ateng Pamolango, "An Analysis of the Fillers Used by Asian Students in Busan, South Korea: A Comparative Study," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 96-99, 2016.

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