Stuttering and Bilingualism in Children and Adults

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Re: Linguistic overload?

From: Rosalee Shenker
Date: 12 Oct 2008
Time: 14:51:28 -0500
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There is no credible research to support or refute the idea that bilingualism places a child at greater risk for stuttering. Recently Peter Howell and colleagues have reported that bilingualism may be a risk factor for some but I suggest that this would have to be considered in combination with other risk factors including genetic vulnerability and age of language acquisition. Karniol's study also fails to demonstrate any relationship between bilingualism and the risk for stuttering. Your question appears to ask if learning two languages might place a stress on a child with a fragile linguistic system and I don't think we have the research to know the answer to this yet.

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