Stuttering and Bilingualism in Children and Adults

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Re: Not Related to English

From: Ella Thayer
Date: 19 Oct 2008
Time: 18:16:23 -0500
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Throughout the article and the comments, I question the 'relatedness' of Spanish to English, especially as Spanish is in the Romance family as opposed to English's Germanic family, and the fact that Spanish is syllable timed, and not stress-timed like English. To say that the two languages are even moderately related is a stretch, considering the different vocabulary, syntax, and stress patterns. That being said, the monolingual judges in the study were able to make roughly the same number of stuttering judgments as the bilingual judges. Could it perhaps be that an unambiguous stutter is just really obvious, and has nothing to do with the language of the stutterer or the judge?

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