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Volume :1 Issue : 3 1981      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Fluency In Normal Speech: a Search for Parameters

Auther : Mahmoud Okby

 
 

This investigation is conducted within the framework of current research in linguistic performance or language in the process of communication. With due emphasis on the dynamic aspect of verbal interaction, it signals a departure from the narrowness of static models, dictating a view of system limited to the abstractions of grammatical categories and relationships, as expounded by both structuralists and transformationalists, hence, the projected search for parameters, or variables, delimiting the nature of fluency as a profile of normal speech, may be considered an attempt to explore systematic manifestations in language as behavior, with its psychological and social cultural determinates.

Though hard to define precisely, due to its obvious complexity, fluency happens to be one of the most remarkable aspects of normal speech. Any attempt at its elucidation would have to be relativistic and integrative in character. Accordingly, this investigator has identified three pivotal, converging parameters, providing complementary border line coverage of fluency: the first is Normal Pathological; the second is Psycho Linguistic; and the third is Socio /Linguistic. Subsequently, related variables oscillating around these are expounded. An experimental model for measurement is outlined, covering four main aspects, together with specific criteria, related indices, and types of correlation, whether positive or negative.

Special prominence is given in this research to a few fundamental considerations, usually garbled through popular misconceptions, and rarely rectified by the specialist: 1. Treatment of fluency in erms of both production and perception. 2. Fluency and the efficiency of adaptive verbal behavior. 3. Operational facility and appropriateness of response. 4. Fluency and verbal communicative competence, a scene of the interplay between the abstractions of linguistic competence and the variability of actual performance.

 
 

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