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pitch rise

A person's voice will sometimes rise markedly in pitch and become louder when trying to say a word. It may indicate an attempt to gain fluency. It is a form of audible struggle behavior which is a "danger sign" in the developmental hesitations of children.

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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