Distribution of stutterings among speech acts
Corwin, Melinda D.
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The purpose of this study was to describe the distribution of stutterings among speech acts. Ten adult stutterers engaged in conversational tasks designed to naturally encourage production of Representatives, Expressives, Commissives, Directives, and Questions. The total number of speech acts (i.e., utterances) containing stuttered speech was determined, as was the total number of stuttered words within each speech act. A nonparametric statistic was used to test for significance. Results indicated that, as a group, stutterings were distributed equally among speech acts, although the performance of some subjects suggests a clinically relevant speech act-stuttering connection.