A Note on Syntactic Relationships in Nonfluency The spontaneous verbalization patterns of eight adult stutterers were analyzed as each paraphrased a story which previously had been read silently. This verbal production was then analyzed in accordance with current syntactic concepts. Moments of nonfluency were categorized according to the syntactic units in which they were located. The initial ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 1968
A Note on Syntactic Relationships in Nonfluency
 
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  • Elaine P. Hannah
    University of California, Los Angeles, California
  • Joanne G. Gardner
    Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
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Research Article   |   December 01, 1968
A Note on Syntactic Relationships in Nonfluency
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1968, Vol. 11, 853-860. doi:10.1044/jshr.1104.853
History: Received May 3, 1968
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1968, Vol. 11, 853-860. doi:10.1044/jshr.1104.853
History: Received May 3, 1968

The spontaneous verbalization patterns of eight adult stutterers were analyzed as each paraphrased a story which previously had been read silently. This verbal production was then analyzed in accordance with current syntactic concepts. Moments of nonfluency were categorized according to the syntactic units in which they were located. The initial analysis based on function (subject, verb, object/complement/optional adverb units) yielded a result indicative of a trend toward greater occurrence of nonfluency in the latter type of unit which also tended to occur postverbally. The analysis based on sequence, irrespective of traditional grammatical function, indicated an even more positive trend favoring the postverbal unit. The further analysis of the postverbal unit in terms of content/function word items, total number of words, and structural expansion indicated significant correlations between certain types of expansion and nonfluency.

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