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A theory of neurolinguistic function is proposed to explain fluency and the production of stuttered and nonstuttered speech disruptions. Central to the theory is the idea that speech involves linguistic and paralinguistic components, each of which is processed by different neural systems that converge on a common output system. Fluent speech requires that(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of utterance length and meaningfulness on the speech initiation times of children who stutter and children who do not stutter. Subjects were 36 elementary school students (half of whom stutter, matched by age, grade, and gender). Each child repeated short meaningful, long meaningful, and long nonce(More)
This retrospective study investigated the prevalence and nature of dysphagia in 78 male outpatients whose primary diagnosis was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and who were referred for modified barium swallow studies at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Tucson, Arizona, 1992-1995. Nearly 85% of these patients evidenced some degree(More)
  • R F Curlee
  • 1981
Groups of undergraduate and graduate student listeners identified the stutterings and disfluencies of eight adult male stutters during videotaped samples of their reading and speaking. Stuttering and disfluency loci were assigned to words or to intervals between words. The data indicated that stuttering and disfluency are not too reliable and unambiguous(More)
A decision support system has been under development since 1985 to help speech clinicians diagnose small children who have begun to stutter. This paper describes how testing of the system evolved during these nine years. Testing included: (1) having an expert use and evaluate it, (2) running test cases, (3) developing a program to detect redundant rules,(More)