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Subject: Technical term for a crutch word?
Question: I was wondering if there is a term in linguistics for the following: whenever a non-

native speaker begins acquiring another language, they often repeat a simple

transitional phrase or word in this non-native language when they are flustered,

nervous or are still cross-translating into their native language.

For example, I often use ''that is to say'' or ''就是说'' unconsciously when I'm struggling

to explain myself. And I've noticed that many other non-native speakers will repeat

phrases like ''the point is''; ''how to say''; ''Indeed''; or ''so on and so forth'' several times

while they formulate responses (in English).

Is there a term in linguistics that describes this pattern?


From: Aly
Date: 25-Jul-2013
  1. Re: Technical term for a crutch word?    Susan D Fischer     (29-Jul-2013)
  2. Re: Technical term for a crutch word?    Madalena Cruz-Ferreira     (29-Jul-2013)

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