Acoustic Properties of Pathologic Reiterative Utterances A Case Study of Palilalia Case Study
Case Study  |   March 01, 1982
Acoustic Properties of Pathologic Reiterative Utterances
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • R. D. Kent
    The Boys Town Institute for Communication Disorders in Children Omaha, Nebraska
  • Leonard L. Lapointe
    Veterans Administration Medical Center Gainesville, Florida
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Case Study
Case Study   |   March 01, 1982
Acoustic Properties of Pathologic Reiterative Utterances
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1982, Vol. 25, 95-99. doi:10.1044/jshr.2501.95
History: Received October 28, 1980 , Accepted January 5, 1981
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1982, Vol. 25, 95-99. doi:10.1044/jshr.2501.95
History: Received October 28, 1980; Accepted January 5, 1981

Acoustic analyses of the reiterative utterances of one subject demonstrate a high degree of similarity among the members of a repetition train. The acoustic data did not confirm for this patient the published description of palilalia as a reiteration of utterances in a context of increasing rate and decreasing loudness. In fact, the final utterance in a repetition train often had either a longer duration, greater intensity, or more pronounced fundamental frequency change (or any combination of these) than its predecessors. It is suggested that there may be more than one type of pathological reiterative utterance.

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