Articulatory Rate, Stuttering and Speech Motor Control

  • Barbara J. Amster
  • C. Woodruff Starkweather


There is a close relation between the rate of speech and stuttering. Struggle behaviors, abnormally repeated and prolonged sounds, and other stuttering behaviors naturally slow the rate of speech. Correlations between judged severity of stuttering and speech rate have been significant —.76 (Sherman, Young, and Gough, 1958);.69 (Minifie and Cooker, 1964);.89 (Aron, 1967);.68 (Young, 1961); and.80 (Prosek, 1979). Similarly, the correlation between the frequency of stuttering behaviors and speech rate have also been significant —.88 (Bloodstein, 1944; 1974) and.86 (Sander, 1961).


Speech Rate Hearing Research Stressed Syllable Hearing Disorder Speech Fluency 
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