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Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech

Aix-en-Provence, France
September 10-12, 2005


Factors that Determine the Form and Position of Disfluencies in Spontaneous Utterances

Peter Howell, Jennifer Hayes, Ceri Savage, Jane Ladd, Nafisa Patel

Department of Psychology, University College London, UK

This presentation reviews work on types of disfluency in the spontaneous speech of fluent speakers and speakers who stutter. Examination is made of factors that determine where disfluencies are located. It is concluded that the phonological, or prosodic, word provides a good basis for explaining the distribution of different types of disfluency in spontaneous speech.

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Bibliographic reference.  Howell, Peter / Hayes, Jennifer / Savage, Ceri / Ladd, Jane / Patel, Nafisa (2005): "Factors that determine the form and position of disfluencies in spontaneous utterances", In DiSS-2005, 99-102.