Normal Rates and Disfluencies in French And English

Patricia M. Roberts1 and Ann Meltzer2
1Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, University of Ottawa, 451 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON KII-I 8M5 Canada
2Stuttering Treatment Clinic, The Rehabilitation Centre, 505 Smyth Road, Ottawa, On. K1H 8M2,


Most published studies of normal speech disfluencies and rate of speech have reported on English speakers. To adequately serve non-English speaking people who stutter, we -need data on other languages. This paper examines speaking rate and normal speech disfluencies in unilingual English-speaking adults and French-speaking adults during a monologue task. The rate of speech for English and French speakers was similar but the mean number of disfluencies per 100 syllables in the French group was double that of the English group. English norms for normal disfluencies in non-stuttering adults should not be applied to French (Canadian) speech.
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