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ERIC Number: EJ806229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0094-730X
Assessment of Stuttering in a Familiar versus an Unfamiliar Language
Van Borsel, John; Medeiros de Britto Pereira, Monica
Journal of Fluency Disorders, v30 n2 p109-124 2005
The present study investigated how well individuals knowledgeable about stuttering are able to make disfluency judgments in clients who speak another language than their own. Fourteen native speakers of Brazilian Portugeuse identified and judged stuttering in Dutch speakers and in Portugeuse speakers. Fourteen native speakers of Dutch identified and judged stuttering in Brazilian Portugeuse speakers and in Dutch speakers. It was found that judges can make similar level of judgment in a native and a foreign language, and that native and foreign judges can make similar level of judgment irrespective of native/foreign differences. It was also found, however, that the Dutch judges performed significantly better in identifying native stutterers than foreign stutterers. And for the identification of nonstutterers, both panels performed better in their native language than in the foreign language, and in their native language they both performed better than the other panel. Both the Brazilian Portugeuse and the Dutch speaking panel were generally also less confident, and found identification of stuttering more difficult in the foreign language than in the native language. In addition, when asked for the characteristics that helped them identify stutterers, they provided more detail in the native language than in the foreign language. Also a number of differences were found between the two panels which may be due to differences in training or cultural background. The implications of the findings for clinical practice and for future research in this area are discussed. Educational objectives: The reader will be able to: (1) describe how language influences the identification of a speech disorder such as stuttering, and (2) list, and (3) define behaviors that help to identify stuttering in a foreign language. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil