Stuttering and Bilingualism in Children and Adults

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Re: Questions about bilingualism and stuttering and their relati...

From: Rosalee Shenker
Date: 08 Oct 2008
Time: 06:13:25 -0500
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If a bilingual child is experiencing normal speech disfluency I would still consider it normal speech disfluency. Unilingual children sometimes experience an increase in normal speech disfluency around critical language development periods. I would not label what is normal, stuttering. In my experience which is mostly with young bilingual children who stutter ( under 7 years); the transfer of fluency from one language to another is spontaneous and does not appear to be planned. I can't say what the process is with older kids, teens or adults.

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