Stuttering and Bilingualism in Children and Adults

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Re: Question on Stuttering and Bilingual Children

From: Rosalee Shenker
Date: 19 Oct 2008
Time: 12:40:55 -0500
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When advising parents of young children who are bilingual, we generally advise the parent not to code mix on input but to try to start and finish a sentence or idea in one language at a time. When children are learning two languages they will often code mix the two languages while they are learning as a way of extending the sentence or to say a word in one language that they do not have in another language. In my experience working with bilingual children who stutter, this type of code mixing does not seem to be a problem..and is discontinued when it is no longer needed. Please note that i am talking about preschoolers now.

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