The influence of linguistic variables on moments of stuttering has been a popular area of research for several years. The purpose of this study is to assess the linguistic factors of the speech of children who stutter. Forty-one children who stutter (31 males, 10 females) were selected from 14 schools with age range of 6–13 years.
Phonological and morphological variables were measured using spontaneous speech task, whereas syntactic variables were measured using sentence completion task. Results indicated significantly that (a) inflected words (M = 50, SD = 30) are more likely to be stuttered than non-inflected words (M = 32, SD = 18) [P = 0.000], (b) stuttering occurs more on initial position of the word than medial or final position [P = 0.000], (c) higher rate of stuttering is associated with increasing length of the word [P = 0.000], (d) long sentences are more likely to be stuttered than short sentences [P = 0.000], (e) the loci of stuttering is higher in stressed syllables (M = 34, SD = 30) than unstressed syllables (M = 24, SD = 20) [p = 0.002], (f) the occurrence of stuttering is more on consonant sounds (M = 36, SD = 18) than vowel sounds (M = 25, SD = 28) [P = 0.009]. These results support the relationship between the linguistic factors and the frequency of stuttering which could be taken into consideration in the development of treatment protocols for children who stutter. #stuttering
Alqhazo, Mazin & Al-Dennawi, Sawsan. (2018). The linguistic aspects of the speech of Jordanian children who stutter. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 109, 174-179.
[stuttering, phonology, morphology, syntax]