What happens during stuttering-like disfluencies – An EMA study

The aim of this study is to provide a description of articulatory behaviour during SLDs. More precisely, our objective is to analyse articulatory movements that occur during SLDs and propose a
classification based on supraglottic articulatory gestures. Our hypothesis is that the nomenclature generally used to describe disfluencies does not reflect the articulatory behaviour.
Three categories of disfluencies have been revealed in this study: 1. Reiterations of series of movements which lead to sound(s) or syllables repetitions; 2. Global maintain of the articulatory posture with or without an acoustic output; 3. Anarchical movements with or without an acoustic output. A fourth category can be observed in our data, consisting in a combination of the above. While the first category only concerns repetitions, the two others can concern SLDs categorized as repetitions, prolongations or blocks, showing that the same articulatory pattern can be observed for the 3 types of disfluencies. #stuttering

Didirkova, Ivana, Le Maguer, Sébastien Gbedahou, Dodji Hubert, and Hirsch, Fabrice. (2017). What happens during stuttering-like disfluencies? An EMA study. 11th International Seminar on Speech Production, Tianjin (China).

[EMA, stuttering-like disfluencies, articulatory patterns]


About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders.
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