DiSS-LPSS Joint Workshop 2010
The 5th Workshop on Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech
Little research has been done to explore differences in the use of the fillers um and uh between children with Autistic Spec- trum Disorder (ASD) and those with typical development (TD). Quantifying any differences could aid in diagnosing ASD, un- derstanding its nature, and better understanding the mechanisms involved in dialogue processing. In this paper, we report on a study of dialogues between clinicians and children with ASD or TD, finding that the two groups of children differ substantially in their use of um but not uh. This suggests that these two fillers result from different cognitive processes.
Index Terms. disfluencies, fillers, autism
Bibliographic reference. Lunsford, Rebecca / Heeman, Peter A. / Black, Lois / Santen, Jan van (2010): "Autism and the use of fillers: differences between um and uh", In DiSS-LPSS-2010, 107-110.