The Influence of Preschoolers' Speech Usage on Their Disfluency Frequency A relationship between the function of speech usage and disfluency as it interacts with the speaking situation was hypothesized to explain a previously observed situational difference in preschoolers' frequency of disfluency. To test this hypothesis, speech samples collected from 10 preschoolers in their nursery school classroom and in a structured ... Research Article
Research Article  |   September 01, 1973
The Influence of Preschoolers' Speech Usage on Their Disfluency Frequency
 
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  • Ellen-Marie Silverman
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
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Research Article   |   September 01, 1973
The Influence of Preschoolers' Speech Usage on Their Disfluency Frequency
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1973, Vol. 16, 474-481. doi:10.1044/jshr.1603.474
History: Received October 15, 1971 , Accepted February 1, 1973
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1973, Vol. 16, 474-481. doi:10.1044/jshr.1603.474
History: Received October 15, 1971; Accepted February 1, 1973

A relationship between the function of speech usage and disfluency as it interacts with the speaking situation was hypothesized to explain a previously observed situational difference in preschoolers' frequency of disfluency. To test this hypothesis, speech samples collected from 10 preschoolers in their nursery school classroom and in a structured interview were subjected to a functional analysis. The results revealed that the function of the children’s language usage influenced the frequency of their disfluency.

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