Stuttering and Bilingualism in Children and Adults

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Re: Comments about Bi/Multilingual Fluency in Children and Adults

From: rosalee shenker
Date: 13 Oct 2008
Time: 14:17:27 -0500
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Hi Natalie, Great questions... As far as I can recall there were significantly more males in the bilingual study, probably about what we see in the general incidence of early stuttering. For the languages that we studied ( primarily French/English) we see a nice transfer of fluency from one language to another. I have had less experience with languages that are not as similar to English, but we have children in our clinic speaking many languages including Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, and Japanese as their home language and in my experience the transfer has not been an issue. Mind you, this is primarily with preschool age children. I think that we need more information about languages that do not have a similar symbol system to English.

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