Date of Award
Master of Arts
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Speech Pathology and Audiology
Dr. Charles Van Riper
Dr. Charles Brown
Masters Thesis-Open Access
Justification of this research. This experiment was designed to test the prevalent opinion that poor speaking reduces comprehension. Typical of such opinions is the conclusion of Knower, Phillips, and Koeppel1, who state:
"The comparative effectiveness of speaking and oral reading as methods of presenting material depends upon the quality of performance. Poor speaking seems to be the least effective method of presenting informative materials. There is a direct relationship between the quality of speaking performance and the amount of material recalled. Poor speakers produced least recall."
Of the many factors which contribute to effective speaking, fluency is certainly one of importance. Black and Moore2 state:
"Fluency is not of first importance in speaking, not so important as the sense of the utterance. Some speakers, however, seem to reverse this order and to prefer an unimpeded flow of speech over exactness in either language or ideas, and some listeners use 'fast talker' as a term of superlative praise."
Homann, Harold Walter William, "The Effect of Recorded Stuttering on Listener Compression" (1958). Masters Theses. 4657.