Stuttering and Bilingualism in Children and Adults

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Re: Stuttering and Bilingualism

From: Brian Humphrey
Date: 12 Oct 2008
Time: 18:21:05 -0500
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Gealia, you wrote: is it possible for a bilingual speakers to be entirely fluent in one language and stutter/be disfluent in their 2nd language? Gealia, more research needs to be done on this topic. Many of us find the rule proposed by Dr. Eva Nkowah to be generally consistent with our experience: that for a given PWS, stuttering may vary by only one degree of severity from one language to another. Following Dr. Nkowah's principle, we may expect that if someone stutters severely in English, that person may stutter mildly, moderately or severely in their second language (e.g., Arabic). If the person were to stutter mildly in English, that person may stutter moderately, mildly, or not at all in Arabic. This is another question that begs for more study.

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