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between-word disfluencies

Listeners make perceptual judgments of disfluency and stuttering, and sometimes it is helpful to determine whether disfluencies occur within words or between words. Within word disfluencies such as sound or syllable repetitions, prolongations, disrhythmic phonations and tense pauses are more apt to be considered "stuttered" and represent a greater danger sign than disfluencies that occur in between words such as interjections, revisions, phrase repetitions and multisyllabic whole-word repetitions.


Definition reprinted with permission from Hood, Stephen B. (editor) available from Stuttering Foundation of America: Stuttering Words (Publication No 2: Speech Foundation of America)