Sentence revisions

Sentence (or phrase) revisions, like repetitions, are considered normal disfluencies; they occur in everybody’s speech. However, if that happens too often the communication gets disturbed. This is true for cluttering, too: sentence revisions are a common characteristic in cluttering. Examples are: ”I cycled, uh … I walked home.” Or: “Then we went back to New Y … um, oh no, we went to Boston first and had a cup of coffee there… no, we shopped. I think. Hmm… maybe it was the other way around”.

Like repetitions, phrase revisions are symptoms of syntactic cluttering, also referred to as “dysphasic cluttering” by professor Damsté. He states that they lead to errors in sentence structure. Ironically, it appears from research that people who clutter use glitches like sentence revisions and repetitions to help construct a correct sentence structure. The word or phrase repetitions only extend this editing phase, but eventually result in correct sentence structures (note: this is different from word structure errors). Clinical observations support the assumption that people who clutter are able to produce correct sentence structure in writing. The difference with speaking is that when writing people (who clutter) have much more time, which explains the difficulty that people who clutter have during speaking and experiencing too little time.