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fixation (speech)

The maintenance of an articulatory or phonatory posture for an abnormal duration; the temporary arresting of the speech muscles in a rigid position. The airway is abnormally constricted, but not completely blocked. Fixations typically result in the production of sounds which may be both audible and vocalized (vvvvvine) or audible but not vocalized (fffffine.)

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

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