Hesitation Phenomena in Children's Speech

  title={Hesitation Phenomena in Children's Speech},
  author={Harry Levin and Irene Silverman},
  journal={Language and Speech},
  pages={67 - 85}
Forty-eight children told two stories in each of two situations: to an audience of four adults, or to a microphone while no one was listening. Various fluency and hesitation variables were scored from the tapes. Subjects are consistent in their fluency and hesitations. A factor analysis of the speech measures yielded four factors. Deliberate hesitations are predictable, for boys, from the personality characteristic, exhibitionism. Stressful hesitations are responsive to whether the child was… 

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