Stuttering on function words in bilingual children who stutter: A preliminary study

Zoi Gkalitsiou, Courtney T. Byrd, Lisa M. Bedore, Casey L. Taliancich-Klinger

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Evidence suggests young monolingual children who stutter (CWS) are more disfluent on function than content words, particularly when produced in the initial utterance position. The purpose of the present preliminary study was to investigate whether young bilingual CWS present with this same pattern. The narrative and conversational samples of four bilingual Spanish- and English-speaking CWS were analysed. All four bilingual participants produced significantly more stuttering on function words compared to content words, irrespective of their position in the utterance, in their Spanish narrative and conversational speech samples. Three of the four participants also demonstrated more stuttering on function compared to content words in their narrative speech samples in English, but only one participant produced more stuttering on function than content words in her English conversational sample. These preliminary findings are discussed relative to linguistic planning and language proficiency and their potential contribution to stuttered speech.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)791-805
Number of pages15
JournalClinical Linguistics and Phonetics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 3 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Bilingual
  • content
  • function
  • loci
  • stuttering
  • young children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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