FORMALIZING THEORIES OF STUTTERING

Authors


Department of Psychology, Science Laboratories, Durham DH1 3LE, England.

Department of Psychology, Edinburgh University.

Abstract

Stuttered speech may be reduced to a sequence of stuttered and non-stuttered words, and is then readily amenable to statistical analysis. We attempt to state versions of the anxiety, feedback, and conflict theories of stuttering as mathematical models which may be tested against the structure of sequences of stuttered and non-stuttered words. In this way we hope to produce a means of deciding between the many theories of stuttering. Data from a single subject are used to illustrate the method.

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