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Inability to produce a smooth flow of speech sounds in connected discourse; the flow of speech is characterized by frequent interruptions and repetitions. See: stuttering.
[dis- + fluency]


Speech that exhibits deviations in continuity, fluidity, ease of rate and effort, with hesitations or repetition of sounds, words, or phrases; lack of skillfulness in speech. Disfluency is normal in pre-school language development. In later years, it can be due to congenital conditions such as Down’s syndrome, or acquired—either early, as in stuttering, or late, as may occur in Parkinson’s disease.


, disfluency (dis-flū'ĕn-sē)
Speech interrupted in its forward flow by hesitations, repetitions, or prolongations of sounds; common manifestation of a stuttering disorder, which is also present in normal speech, particularly during speech development in young children.
See: stuttering
Synonym(s): nonfluency.


An interruption in speech flow.
Mentioned in: Stuttering
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Therefore, the aim of this study was to demonstrate the importance of researching the clinical and family history of a child whose parents were alcohol and drug users when the initial complaint that brought the child to speech therapy was disfluency.
In this study we have extended the understanding of price discounts and processing fluency by identifying discount duration and frequency as additional conditions in which processing disfluency can be beneficial in the context of a price discount.
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Note that in none of these cases is it necessary to explicitly identify the disfluency.
1992; Zlochower & Cohn, 1996), we had predicted that higher depressed mood would be associated with a greater number of long pauses in speech, indicating a speech disfluency.
Just as sentimentalism mediates disfluency in A Simple Story, offering the mark but not the sign of stuttering, so does Henry's satirical disfluency here trope the stutter into a figure for natural truth and uncontaminated learning, leaving the reader still more or less insulated from the realities of disability.
In other words, they may cling to their familiar role with all its familiar consequences, rather than consolidate a new role around apparently alien experiences of disfluency.
These were: standard pauses, disfluency pauses, and pauses within a word.
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A subgroup of high-distress, negative-self subjects demonstrated disfluency with the negative stimulus irrespective of the condition.
The listener is apt to perceive a speech disfluency as stuttering when the speaker repeats a sound or syllable, prolongs a sound, makes an unusual pause between sounds or syllables of a word, or repeats a monosyllable word.