Stuttering and Bilingualism in Children and Adults

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Re: learning a third language

From: Rosalee Shenker
Date: 14 Oct 2008
Time: 06:37:22 -0500
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Yes Christina, this boy stuttered severely in both languages that he spoke at home. When the third language was introduced there was no report of significant stuttering in it. My guess is that this was partially because the language was introduced initially in reduced linguistic context in the classroom, e.g., singing, counting, vocabulary, short this may have facilitated fluency. In the LP there are no strategies learned; stutter free speech is increased through parent verbal feedback in the form of praise for fluency and occasional requests for correction of stuttering. I can't give you much more information because the third language was never an issue. I hope that this is helpful.

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