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Linguistic-phonetic characteristics of cluttering across different speaking styles: a pilot study from Hungarian

Judit Bóna


In this study, we investigated the language of Hungarian speakers who clutter (PWCs) in four speaking styles (spontaneous speech, storytelling, deliberately slowed-down speech and giving a talk). The aim of the study was to show the effects of the different speaking styles on the linguistic and acoustic-phonetic patterns of the PWCs’ speech. Grammatical complexity was analyzed in the four speaking styles using a language-specific codification system. The duration and the number of silent pauses and hesitations were measured in order to define both the speech and articulation tempi. The disfluencies and the phonological variability of the words were also analyzed in the four speaking styles. The results supported the view that speaking styles affect the linguistic and phonetic characteristics of cluttering. We found differences in all parameters across speaking styles. These results confirmed our assumption that PWCs are able (1) to express their thoughts using the expected grammatical forms and (2) to articulate similarly to normal speakers. Our results provide more information for better and more precise understanding of cluttering.

Received: 2011-07-13
Revised: 2012-02-17
Accepted: 2012-04-11
Published Online: 2012
Published in Print: 2012

© School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, 2012

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