describe the non lexical fillers in english and its uses

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Non lexical fillers are extra words which comes meaninglessly in case of verbal communication.

Typical non-lexical fillers in English are: er, erm, um, mm, hm, h-nmm, hh-aaaah, hn-hn, unkay, nyeah, ummum, uuh and um-hm-uh-hm.

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giulia 160

[clear-throat] 2 hh-aaaah 1 nuuuuu 1 uam 1 uumm 1

[click] 22 hhh 1 nyaa-haao 1 uh 36 uun 1

[click]neeu 1 hhh-uuuh 1 nyeah 1 uh-hn 2 uuuh 1

[click]nuu 1 hhn 1 o-w 1 uh-hn-uh-hn 1 uuuuuuu 1

[click]ohh 1 hmm 2 oa 1 uh-huh 3 wow 1

[click]yeah 1 hmmmmm 1 oh 20 uh-mm 1 yah-yeah 1

[noisy-inhale] 1 hn 1 oh-eh 1 uh-uh 2 ye 1

achh 1 hn-hn 1 oh-kay 1 uh-uhmmm 1 yeah 70

ah 6 huh 2 oh-okay 2 uhh 4 yeah-okay 1

ahh 1 i 1 oh-yeah 1 uhhh 1 yeah-yeah 1

ai 1 iiyeah 1 okay 8 ukay 2 yeahh 2

am 1 m-hm 2 okay-hh 1 um 20 yeahuuh 1

ao 1 mm 2 ooa 1 um-hm-uh-hm 1 yegh 1

aoo 1 mm-hm 1 ookay 1 umm 5 yeh-yeah 1

aum 5 mm-mm 1 oooh 1 ummum 1 yei 1

eah 1 mmm 3 ooooh 1 unkay 1 yo 1

ehh 1 myeah 2 oop-ep-oop 1 unununu 1 yyeah 1

h-nmm 1 nn-hn 4 u-kay 1 uu 6

haah 1 nn-nnn 1 u-uh 4 uuh 1

hh 3 nu 1 u-uun 1 uum 6

Table 1: All Conversational Non-Lexical Sounds in the Corpus, with numbers of occurrences

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