Mapping Mazes: Developing a Taxonomy to Investigate Mazes in Children’s Stories

  • Author / Creator
    MacLurg, Amanda R
  • Pausing, repeating, revising, and abandoning words and phrases are common characteristics of speech called mazes. Mazes affect the fluency of speech and are thought be related to language ability and language processes. Few relationships between mazes and language ability and language processes have been identified. This is due to methodological differences in how researchers have coded mazes and approached elicitation tasks. The main purpose of this study was to address these methodological challenges by developing a reliable and objective maze taxonomy. Once developed, the maze taxonomy was applied to the stories of Kindergarten and Grade Two students. Stories were elicited from oral and picture tasks to determine age or task effects on maze production. Overall, the Kindergarten and Grade Two students produced mazes at similar rates and used more mazes in stories elicited from oral tasks than picture tasks.

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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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  • Department
    • Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Specialization
    • Speech and Language Pathology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Schneider, Phyllis (Speech Pathology and Audiology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Volden, Joanne (Speech Pathology and Audiology)
    • Marentette, Paula (Faculty of Augustana, Psychology)