Fluency Disorders: A New Focus

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(1), 61–62. Reviews the book, Disorders of Fluency and Their Effects on Communication by Peggy Dalton and W. J. Hardcastle (1977). This book is the third volume in a series designed to study language disability in its broadest sense. It aims to relate the description and analysis of nonimpaired language with communication problems-in this case, fluency disorders. A primary concern of the authors is the specification of differences between pathologic disfluencies and normal nonfluencies. To specify further characteristics of fluency, the authors provide assessment criteria of fluency for normal and pathological speech. The review of the literature on cluttering is particularly worthwhile and long overdue. This appears to be the first attempt to view these diverse pathologies within the context of fluency as it relates to the structure of language, and is laudable from that point of view. It would make admirable supplementary reading for graduate students. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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