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The Linguistic Construction of the Bilingual Stuttering Experience
by Granese, Angela M., Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2014, 365; 3687683
Abstract (Summary)

Stuttering is a disorder that can be defined in terms of speech characteristics, physical concomitants, emotions, perceptions, and quality of life (Bloodstein & Bernstein Ratner, 2008; Tetnowski & Scaler Scott, 2009; Bennett, 2006). The current literature focuses on describing bilingual stuttering in terms of bilingualism being a cause; linguistic characteristics; and manifestations of stuttering across languages. While standardized measures and definitions of these factors will allow for generalization across studies (Roberts, 2011), they will not provide a holistic picture of the bilingual stuttering experience. This study uses analytic tools grounded in the theory of Systemic Functional Linguistics (Halliday & Matthiessen, 2004) to investigate how four bilingual people who stutter construct their stuttering experiences. Specifically, this study examines the linguistic choices participants made while engaged in conversations about their stuttering. Considering the highly individualistic and multidimensional nature of the phenomenon being examined, a case study approach was adopted to account for the diversity of characteristics and individualized experiences described by each of the four participants in this study. It is through the analysis of their talk that this study provides insight on the affective and cognitive aspects of the bilingual stuttering experience, which have clinical implications for the development of appropriate, meaningful and effective fluency intervention for the "whole" bilingual who stutters.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Muller, Nicole, Tetnowski, John
Commitee: Oxley, Judith, Roussel, Nancye
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Applied Language and Speech Sciences
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: DAI-B 76/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Linguistics, Speech therapy, Sociolinguistics
Keywords: Bilingual stuttering experience, Bilingualism, Case study, Spanish-english stuttering, Stuttering, Systemic functional linguistics
Publication Number: 3687683
ISBN: 978-1-321-65557-5
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