Generality of Disfluency Data Collected from Preschoolers Tape-recorded speech samples were collected from 10 four-year-old boys, both in their preschool classroom and in a structured interview on each of three days spaced one week apart. The frequency and duration of disfluency were computed for each sample. While the distribution of disfluency types and duration (extent) of disfluency ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1972
Generality of Disfluency Data Collected from Preschoolers
 
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  • Ellen-Marie Silverman
    University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
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Research Article   |   March 01, 1972
Generality of Disfluency Data Collected from Preschoolers
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1972, Vol. 15, 84-92. doi:10.1044/jshr.1501.84
History: Received August 3, 1970
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1972, Vol. 15, 84-92. doi:10.1044/jshr.1501.84
History: Received August 3, 1970

Tape-recorded speech samples were collected from 10 four-year-old boys, both in their preschool classroom and in a structured interview on each of three days spaced one week apart. The frequency and duration of disfluency were computed for each sample. While the distribution of disfluency types and duration (extent) of disfluency were comparable in the two situations, considerably more disfluency was observed in the structured interview. The magnitude of the systematic situational difference in disfluency frequency suggests that it is risky to assume that a sample of disfluency elicited in a structured interview is representative of the behavior in other, more natural situations.

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