Stuttering and lexical category in adult Arabic speakers

Fauzia Abdalla, Michael P. Robb, Tareq Al-Shatti

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The purpose of this study was to test whether the content and function word dichotomy of speech disfluency found in English-speaking adults who stutter (AWS) was evident in a language other than English. A group of adult Arabic-speaking AWS were sampled across spontaneous speaking, oral reading, and single-word naming tasks. Moments of disfluency were identified and examined in regard to lexical category. Results indicated no significant differences in the amount of disfluency occurring on content and function words. The production of combined content-function words, a unique feature of the Arabic language, was associated with a high level of disfluency. The linguistic bases of stuttering are discussed in regard to language-specific influences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-81
Number of pages12
JournalClinical Linguistics and Phonetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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