Clustering: A Characteristic of Preschoolers' Speech Disfluency Instances of speech disfluency produced by 10 four-year-old nonstuttering boys during spontaneous speech were analyzed to determine whether runs or clusters (instances of disfluency on the same word and/or consecutive words) occurred more often than expected by coincidence or chance. Chance frequencies were generated by the Monte Carlo Method. All ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 1973
Clustering: A Characteristic of Preschoolers' Speech Disfluency
 
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  • Ellen-Marie Silverman
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
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Research Article   |   December 01, 1973
Clustering: A Characteristic of Preschoolers' Speech Disfluency
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1973, Vol. 16, 578-583. doi:10.1044/jshr.1604.578
History: Received January 14, 1972 , Accepted November 15, 1972
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1973, Vol. 16, 578-583. doi:10.1044/jshr.1604.578
History: Received January 14, 1972; Accepted November 15, 1972

Instances of speech disfluency produced by 10 four-year-old nonstuttering boys during spontaneous speech were analyzed to determine whether runs or clusters (instances of disfluency on the same word and/or consecutive words) occurred more often than expected by coincidence or chance. Chance frequencies were generated by the Monte Carlo Method. All 10 children produced more instances of disfluency in runs than expected by chance. Attributes of the runs are described. The possibility of using this phenomenon to differentiate young stutterers from their peers is discussed.

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