Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

A Phonetic and Phonological Analysis of Stuttering in Japanese

Akira Ujihira, Haruo Kubozono

Dept. of Japanese, Osaka University of Foreign Studies, Osaka, Japan

This paper attempts to illuminate the phonetic and phonological patterns underlying stuttering in Japanese. To do this, the first part of the paper reports the results of a detailed analysis of over 700 stuttering samples produced by adult stutterers. This analysis has revealed two salient characteristics of adult stutterers' speech: (i) words beginning with a vowel trigger stuttering at a considerably higher rate than might be expected by chance; (ii) stuttering breaks long syllables (CVC or CW) into CV and the rest (C or V) rather than C and VC (or W). In the second half of the paper, these results will be compared with the previous analyses of speech errors in Japanese and stuttering in other languages, with a view to uncovering language-specific properties of speech production as against language-universal properties.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ujihira, Akira / Kubozono, Haruo (1994): "A phonetic and phonological analysis of stuttering in Japanese", In ICSLP-1994, 1195-1198.