Modification of Listener-Judged Naturalness in the Speech of Stutterers This study investigated the effect of regular feedback of listener-judged speech naturalness ratings on the speech of stutterers. Six adult stutterers each participated in a time-series ABA experiment. During the treatment phase the stutterer was instructed to improve a clinician's rating, on a 9-point scale, of the naturalness of each ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 1985
Modification of Listener-Judged Naturalness in the Speech of Stutterers
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Roger J. Ingham
    University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Richard R. Martin
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Sam K. Haroldson
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Mark Onslow
    Cumberland College of Health Sciences, Sydney, Australia
  • Miriam Leney
    Cumberland College of Health Sciences, Sydney, Australia
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Research Article   |   December 01, 1985
Modification of Listener-Judged Naturalness in the Speech of Stutterers
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1985, Vol. 28, 495-504. doi:10.1044/jshr.2804.495
History: Received July 30, 1984 , Accepted May 30, 1985
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1985, Vol. 28, 495-504. doi:10.1044/jshr.2804.495
History: Received July 30, 1984; Accepted May 30, 1985

This study investigated the effect of regular feedback of listener-judged speech naturalness ratings on the speech of stutterers. Six adult stutterers each participated in a time-series ABA experiment. During the treatment phase the stutterer was instructed to improve a clinician's rating, on a 9-point scale, of the naturalness of each 30-s interval of the stutterer's spontaneous speech. The results indicate that the naturalness ratings and stuttering for 5 of the subjects made favorable changes during the treatment phase. Analyses of the findings show that only some of the naturalness judgments were influenced by stuttering frequency and speech rate. A perceptual analysis of the speech of 2 subjects suggested that the speech naturalness ratings were also probably influenced by other less obvious variables.

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