Questions Raised About Cluttering Definition

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Re: Articulation errors in cluttering

From: Florence Myers
Date: 17 Apr 2010
Time: 09:23:32 -0500
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I agree with both Ken, that the nonphoneme specific misarticulations are very much a part of cluttering. One might even consider many of the misarticulations in terms of (phonological) processes, in the sense that some of them are patterned--such as weak syllable deletions, final consonant deletions, cluster reduction, vowel neutralizations. I also agree with David, as cluttering can also reflect language formulation/thought organization issues. We need to study this area more. However, there is the possibility that the very nature of the largely typical disfluencies exhibited by PWC (which has been demonstrated through research) may be interpreted to be formulative in nature---such as the (linguistic) maze behaviors of interjections and revisions. Further, the perception of irregular rate may be traced to a lack of congruence in timing between the message output and where pauses occur; that is, perhaps the spurty rate lacks the fluency that comes with putting pauses at linguistic junctures.

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