A Picture Is Worth More Than Any Words In his comments about our paper (Onslow, Gardner, Stuckings, Bryant, & Knight, 1992), Silverman argues that much knowledge has been assembled using Johnson’s scheme for categorizing disfluencies. I do not dispute that. In fact, I have reviewed and summarized that information elsewhere as “basic information” for student clinicians (Onslow, ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   June 01, 1995
A Picture Is Worth More Than Any Words
 
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  • Mark Onslow
    The University of Sydney Sydney, Australia
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Hearing & Speech Perception / Acoustics / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Speech / Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   June 01, 1995
A Picture Is Worth More Than Any Words
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1995, Vol. 38, 586-588. doi:10.1044/jshr.3803.586b
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1995, Vol. 38, 586-588. doi:10.1044/jshr.3803.586b
In his comments about our paper (Onslow, Gardner, Stuckings, Bryant, & Knight, 1992), Silverman argues that much knowledge has been assembled using Johnson’s scheme for categorizing disfluencies. I do not dispute that. In fact, I have reviewed and summarized that information elsewhere as “basic information” for student clinicians (Onslow, 1993). Nor do I dispute that systematic training in assigning Johnson’s categories may improve reliability, and that researchers may have used trained and experienced listeners. However, I believe that Silverman’s comments bypass the fundamental point conveyed by the results of our experiment; that is, early stuttering involves complex speech events that are not described adequately by a single term. Yet the use of Johnson’s categories in existing research has been constrained to one term for each disfluency. Hence, there is a caveat to any knowledge about early stuttering that is based solely on those terms.
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