2003 IFA Congress: Montreal, Canada

The Influence of Syntactic Variables on the Development of Stuttering

Dieter Rommel
University of Ulm, Section of Phorziatrics, Schillerstr. 15, 89077 Ulm, Germany


The influence of selected psycholinguistic variables on the further course of childhood stuttering is presented and discussed by examining the study population from t0 (first contact, N=71) to t9 (4;6 years later). The stuttering children and their mothers were videotaped in 6 month-intervals in a play situation. The transcribed utterances of the children were analyzed with a sophisticated computer-based language profiling system. The results confirm the research data obtained up to date, stating that stuttering occurs more frequently with grammatically more complex and longer sentences. Results suggest that some syntactic variables are important with respect to the course of stuttering.
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