Fluency and Hesitation

  • Daniel C. O’Connell
  • Sabine Kowal
Part of the Cognition and Language: A Series in Psycholinguistics book series (CALS)

Chapter Prospectus

Chapter 3, Fluency and Hesitation, examines another theoretical bias of mainstream psycholinguistics – the theory of the ideal speaker. This theory is a corollary of the written language bias and at the same time is basic for the understanding of the following empirical chapters. In accord with the theory of the ideal speaker, written language is considered well formed and the reading aloud thereof is considered fluent insofar as the reading is in accord with the sentential syntax. By contrast, spontaneous spoken language is considered to be both deficient and disfluent. But in the sense of an absolute continuity, perfect fluency of sequential ordering is impossible by reason of the need to breathe. The concept of fluency itself has evaded any realistic, useful definition, even though it is basic to the theory of the ideal speaker and to the concept of syntactic well-formedness. Correspondingly, a flawed concept of disfluencyunderlies much of the research on...


Speech Production Absolute Continuity False Start Orderly Allocation Ideal Speaker 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel C. O’Connell
    • 1
  • Sabine Kowal
    • 2
  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Technische Universität Institut für Sprache und KommunikationGermany

Personalised recommendations