Questions Raised About Cluttering Definition

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Re: Coexisting Language Disorder

From: Florence Myers
Date: 30 Apr 2010
Time: 07:33:45 -0500
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Revisions provide a potentially revealing window to research the underlying "motiviations" of the maze behaviors seen in cluttering. We have also found a high showing of "incomplete words/phrase + revision" -- seemingly to reflect the start of a thought, its momentary abortion, to be followed very quickly by a revision. For example, there may be different underlying motivations in the following kinds of interruptions (i.e., some kind of "incompleteness" followed by a revision): a. I like the one. (phonological?) b. I like the one.(semantic?) c. I like the blue....I mean red one. (semantic revision with explicit marking?) d. I like, I like, I mean I'm really crazy about the blue one. (phrase rep as if trying to 'get on' with one's intentions, followed by a semantic qualifier of being "crazy about x" instead of just "liking" it) In contrast, the circumlocutions of stuttering seem to reflect the intent/ability to scan ahead to edit/revise even before saying the (feared) intended word (e.g., "I'm purchasing a new car"---instead of "I'm buying a new car" for fear of stuttering on words that begin with "b"). What is uncanny is how some adults who stutter can scan ahead and make adjustments so "skillfully" (the covert stutterers) that one may not know they have underlying stuttering; yet, PWC seem to encode whatever comes into their minds in a very unharnessed, unmonitored if there are problems of inhibition of the executive functions of the brain. Interesting. Florence

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