How ‘ums’ and ‘ers’ Are Changing Bostonian Spanish

September 27, 2015 | Boston Globe

Pause fillers, such as "um" or "uh" in English, are evolving among Boston's native Spanish speakers, says linguist Daniel Erker, who is researching the topic. Erker studied 1,600 pause fillers used by a group of native Spanish speakers in the Boston area and found that the longer they lived in the city, the closer certain sounds evolve to sounds that do not exist in Spanish.

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