Communication disorders following stroke: First step toward a new fluency protocol

Kim Kirsner, K. Hird, J.C. Dunn

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    Although fluency is central to the interpretation and assessment of aphasia, measurement has generally relied on subjective and unreliableprocedures, or insecure assumptions about pause and speech duration distributions in spontaneous speech. In this paper, we describe a new andobjective approach to the measurement of fluency, and an application of this procedure to brain damaged and control participants. The instrument issensitive to stroke, and the results include examples of both hypo- and hyper-fluency for both short pause and long pause duration distributions. Theresults point toward a new approach to language production models, an approach which adopts the concepts and assumptions of complex dynamic systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)165-166
    JournalBrain and Language
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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