Stuttering and Bilingualism in Children and Adults

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Comments about Bi/Multilingual Fluency in Children and Adults

From: Natalie Winter, Grad Student
Date: 13 Oct 2008
Time: 12:48:52 -0500
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Thank you very much for a wonderful article! I have been interested in bilingual/multilingual speech-language services for a few years and was very intrigued by your studies. Ms. Shenker, I was very intrigued in the transfer of behaviors from one language to another, and how they may affect the duration of treatment. The only thing I am curious about is the amount of males to females who participated in the study. Also, do you think the transfer of reduced stuttering behaviors is different for the different languages spoken by the clients? I ask because I know there are similarities between some languages and not others, and I wonder if the languages that are similar have a better rate of transfer. Mr. Humphrey, I really appreciated your last comments in your contribution to this article, “We may think about the issue of stuttering and bilingualism as a puzzle whose construction is in progress. Completion of this puzzle is a group effort, with participants from around the globe.” I think this is a wonderful view on the subject and has really opened my imagination as to what we can study and find in the future relating to fluency and bilingualism/multilingualism. Thank you again for the great article and all the wonderful references. Regards, Natalie Winter UWSP Grad Student

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