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Multilingual Aspects of Fluency Disorders Edited by: Peter Howell, John Van Borsel

Paperback - 416 pages
11 May 2011
Multilingual Matters
234 x 156


This book contains contributions by scholars working on diverse aspects of speech who bring their findings to bear on the practical issue of how to treat stuttering in different language groups and in multilingual speakers. The book considers classic issues in speech production research, as well as whether regions of the brain that are affected in people who stutter relate to areas used intensively in fluent bilingual speech. It then reviews how formal language properties and differential use of parts of language affect stuttering in English, and then compares these findings to work on stuttering in a variety of languages. Finally, the book addresses methodological issues to do with studies on bilingualism and stuttering; and discusses which approach is appropriate in the treatment of bilingual and multilingual people who stutter.


Comprehensive, clear coverage of the complex topic of bilingualism and stuttering. Approaching this topic from a language perspective, all things are considered from genetic, cortical, and environment to cultural, clinical, even animistic factors! A must-have reference for clinicians and researchers alike!!

- Edward Gage Conture, Vanderbilt University

This book provides useful information about the infrequently discussed issue of bilingualism as it relates to the possible onset of stuttering. With the dramatically changing demographics in the United States, this collection of papers provides both the researcher and clinician with current views for understanding both basic and clinical implications for the various forms of bilingualism and fluency characteristics.

- Walt Manning, Ph.D., Professor & Associate Dean, School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, The University of Memphis

Author Biography:

Peter Howell is an experimental psychologist and co-director of the Centre for Human Communications at University College London. His research interests are in speech production and perception and hearing.

John Van Borsel is a neurolinguist teaching at the Ghent University (Belgium) and at the Veiga Almeida University in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Fluency disorders are one of his main research domains.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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