Speaking: chunking, or thought

The English language is organised around thought units divided by pauses; in each of these "chunks", there is usually one syllable which is stressed:

my BROther / WANTS me to / TELL / HER / a nice STOry

Pauses and chunks 'package information' for the listener. Speakers divide speech into 'chunks', which may be single words or groups of words to communicate a thought or idea, or to focus on
information the speaker thinks is important.


What will happen if I don't use chunking and pausing?

You may overwhelm listener(s) with 'too much information'. Without chunking and pausing, it will be hard for listeners to follow your meaning.

Chunking, or dividing your speech into units, is essential to have a clear (and fast!) English

Last modified: Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 6:33 PM