lisp

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lisp

the mispronunciation of one or more of the sibilant consonant sounds, usually /s/ and /z/.

lisp

(lĭsp) [AS. wlisp, lisping]
A substitution of sounds owing to a defect in speech, as of the “th” sounds of “thin” and “then” for “s” and “z.”

lisp

An anomaly in the production of ‘ssssss’ sounds (sibilants) in speech in which the tip of the tongue is protruded between the teeth instead of being placed high and close to the hard palate behind the upper front teeth. The lisp is largely under voluntary control and can be corrected by speech therapy.
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Many lispers correct themselves by age four, but if your child is lisping beyond four, speech therapy is the next step.
Mandelstam wrote that Dante made "a careful study of all speech defects, listening closely to stutterers and lispers, to nasal twangs and inarticulate pronunciation, and that he learned much from them.