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proceeding with difficulty; said of speech disorders such as stuttering.


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.


Neurology A speech rhythm disorder–eg, stuttering, often characterized by the repetition of a sound, word, or phrase. See Speech disorder.


, 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.
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(1964) "The effect of variations in nonfluency on audience ratings of source credibility", Quarterly Journal of Speech, vol.
The deliberate nonfluency, in combination with the repetitive structure of this piece and the proliferation of conspicious "less(ness)" words, generates a style in which the words draw attention to themselves more as signifiers than as signifieds.
The stylistic features she examined were word length, sentence length, adjective-verb Quotient, main and subordinate clauses, readability, human interest, nonfluency, and black dialect.
Furthermore, a high ratio of pause time to speaking time characterizes grief, while anxiety produces nonfluency or blockages in speech.
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