Disfluent speech associated with brain damage

Ehud Yairi, Jonas Gintautas, Janet R. Avent

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The frequency and type of disfluencies in the spontaneous speech of 15 people with Broca's aphasia and right hemiplegia was studied. Two aged-matched control groups (15 nonaphasic stroke patients with left hemiplegia and 15 normals) were also studied. The frequency of disfluencies in the speech of aphasics was three times greater than that in the speech of either control group. However, most of the disfluencies uttered by aphasics were of the types commonly found in speech of normals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-56
Number of pages8
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing


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