Iceberg of Stuttering

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Re: Thanks for the great paper!

From: Russ Hicks
Date: 10/19/03
Time: 9:01:49 PM
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Hi Angie,

Thank you for your kind words. Be sure to tell Judy Kuster that too, because she was one of the driving forces behind me finally writing all that stuff down. She not only teaches young people like you, but she prods old guys like me very well! <smile> Truly, she is an amazing lady. You are so lucky to have her as your teacher!

Yeah, honestly when I realized that anomaly to the iceberg analogy - removing the top only adds to the bottom - I thought that the entire iceberg analogy might be wrong. But hey, it's just an analogy and no analogy is perfect. Even the law of gravity has exceptions as shown in Einstein's theory of relativity! (If you really want to bend your mind, try that one on for size! <smile>)

I'm glad you liked the variables such as density and hardness. Size is another cool variable. I think they make a lot of sense. Being the engineer that I am by profession (as well as being a computer geek), I even thought of other variables like temperature and pressure but I couldn't quite get them to fit with any meaning in stuttering. They're more applicable to gasses than they are to solids and liquids anyway. Oh well...

One thought occurred to me that I never quite followed up on. What happens if you put enough pressure directly on TOP of the iceberg to FORCE it under water? You stutter and I'll shoot you! Gasp! Could you artificially create a totally covert stutterer? Maybe so... What do you think?

Cool stuff, isn't it Angie? Thanks for stopping by. And thanks for your great comments and observations!

Good luck in school! I'm sure you'll do well!


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