Developmental Disfluency and Emerging Grammar II Co-Occurrence of Disfluency with Specified Semantic-Syntactic Structures Research Article
Research Article  |   September 01, 1982
Developmental Disfluency and Emerging Grammar II
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Norma Colburn
    Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Edward D. Mysak
    Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York
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Research Article   |   September 01, 1982
Developmental Disfluency and Emerging Grammar II
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1982, Vol. 25, 421-427. doi:10.1044/jshr.2503.421
History: Received October 21, 1980 , Accepted July 27, 1981
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1982, Vol. 25, 421-427. doi:10.1044/jshr.2503.421
History: Received October 21, 1980; Accepted July 27, 1981

From a corpus of over 47,000 spontaneous utterances from four nonstuttering preschool children who were beginning to use syntax, 4,881 multiword, disfluent utterances were identified. Semantic-syntactic structures were identified among the disfluent multiword utterances and differences in frequeney of structures were examined. There was variability in the developmental disfluency of the individual children, but each child's pattern of disfluency was systematic across time. Developmental disflueney shifted across structures systematically for each child and appeared to reflect a "practice effect" for those children beginning to learn syntax. The co-occurrence of disfluency with specific syntactic structures supported the premise that developmental disfluency was more strongly attached to the syntax of utterances than to the production of particular words.

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