2003 IFA Congress: Montreal, Canada

Aspects of Normally Fluent Speech in Brazilian Adults

Claudia Regina Furquim de Andrade, Femanda Chiarion Sassi,  Daniela Veronica Zackiewicz
Department of Physiotherapy, Speech-Language and Hearing Science and Occupational Therapy, School of Medicine, University'ofSc'io Paulo, Rua Cipotanea 51, Cidade Universitaria, Siio Paulo - S.P., 05360-160, Brazil

SUMMARY

This study aimed to describe the normally fluent speech of Brazilian Portuguese speaking adults who do not stutter. Speech samples of 30 adults, 13 males and 17 females, whose ages ranged from 20 to 43 years, and had no history of any communication disorders were analyzed and the following measures obtained: speech typology of disruptions (typical and less typical disruptions), speech rate (syllables and words per minute), and rate of disruptions (percentage of speech discontinuity and percentage of stuttered syllables). Mean values and confidence levels and the clinical implications of these findings are presented.
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