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Wrestling With Words (18 Feb 2004)
Philip French explores the reasons why we are more likely to be disfluent when talking on the telephone rather than face to face; Why we introduce more errors into dialogue than monologue; Why we are more fluent when giving instructions than describing pictures. This programme reveals how we produce speech and how this process can fail. Using functional brain imaging, scientists are now able to pin-point the areas of the brain involved in processing language. Fluent speakers process language remarkably fast, producing about 5 words every 2 seconds. Disfluency occurs when one of the stages in this complicated language process breaks down.
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