Can Disfluencies Be Categorized Reliably Using Wendell Johnson's Scheme? Recently, while doing the literature search for the second edition of my book, Stuttering and Other Fluency Disorders (Prentice Hall, 1992), I came across the paper, “Stuttered and Normal Speech Events in Early Childhood: The Validity of a Behavioral Data Language” by Onslow et al., that appeared in the ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   June 01, 1995
Can Disfluencies Be Categorized Reliably Using Wendell Johnson's Scheme?
 
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  • Franklin H. Silverman
    Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
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Letter to the Editor   |   June 01, 1995
Can Disfluencies Be Categorized Reliably Using Wendell Johnson's Scheme?
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1995, Vol. 38, 586. doi:10.1044/jshr.3803.586a
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1995, Vol. 38, 586. doi:10.1044/jshr.3803.586a
Recently, while doing the literature search for the second edition of my book, Stuttering and Other Fluency Disorders (Prentice Hall, 1992), I came across the paper, “Stuttered and Normal Speech Events in Early Childhood: The Validity of a Behavioral Data Language” by Onslow et al., that appeared in the February 1992 issue of JSHR. The authors reported the findings of an experiment in which they attempted to determine whether instances of disfluency could be classified reliably using Wendell Johnson’s eight-category scheme (Williams, Silverman, & Kools, 1968). They had a group of five listeners assign the disfluencies in each of 240 utterances to one or more of Johnson’s eight disfluency categories. These utterances had been dubbed on a master tape and played to the listeners through earphones. The listeners were given the following instructions:
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