Dimensions of Fluency In science, one often uses a norm from which to measure changes. Stuttering is a change from one norm, fluency. Despite our use of fluency as a norm in research and therapy, there is no clear definition of fluency. Still, people seem to know it when they experience it ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 2007
Dimensions of Fluency
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  • Michael Susca
    University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
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Fluency Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   August 01, 2007
Dimensions of Fluency
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2007, Vol. 17, 22-25. doi:10.1044/ffd17.2.22
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2007, Vol. 17, 22-25. doi:10.1044/ffd17.2.22
In science, one often uses a norm from which to measure changes. Stuttering is a change from one norm, fluency. Despite our use of fluency as a norm in research and therapy, there is no clear definition of fluency. Still, people seem to know it when they experience it or hear it. Frequently, fluency is defined within the context of or as a comparison to stuttering, disfluency or some other non‐fluent behavior. It is rare that fluency is defined or studied only in the normally fluent population. Many fluency‐inducing conditions have been described (Andrews, Howie, Dozsa, & Guitar,1982), but the absence of stuttering does not mean fluency in the broadest sense. Automaticity, naturalness, tension‐free, and effortless flow have also been attached to our understanding of fluency. Other forms of fluency, such as “fluent stuttering” and “fragile fluency” (Manning, 2001) have been embraced. The term fluency may also encompass communicative clarity, competency, efficiency or effectiveness.
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