The Relations of Stuttering to Word Length and Word Frequency Twenty stutterers recorded nine 10-word lists in the presence of a single listener. The word lists were composed of combinations of three levels of word length and three levels of word frequency. An attempt was made to equate the word lists for stress of initial syllables, grammatical function, and initial ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 1966
The Relations of Stuttering to Word Length and Word Frequency
 
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  • George A. Soderberg
    Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
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Research Article   |   December 01, 1966
The Relations of Stuttering to Word Length and Word Frequency
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1966, Vol. 9, 584-589. doi:10.1044/jshr.0904.584
History: Received February 23, 1966
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1966, Vol. 9, 584-589. doi:10.1044/jshr.0904.584
History: Received February 23, 1966

Twenty stutterers recorded nine 10-word lists in the presence of a single listener. The word lists were composed of combinations of three levels of word length and three levels of word frequency. An attempt was made to equate the word lists for stress of initial syllables, grammatical function, and initial sounds of words. The results agree with those of previous studies that have found a significantly greater frequency of stuttering to be associated with increases of word length and decreases of word frequency. However, the findings suggested that word length was the more potent of the two variables in effect on the frequency of stuttering.

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