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To speak dysfluently; to enunciate certain words with difficulty and with frequent halting and repetition of the initial consonant of a word or syllable.
[frequentative of stut, from Goth. stautan, to strike]
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intr. & tr.v. stut·tered, stut·tering, stut·ters
To speak or utter with a spasmodic repetition or prolongation of sounds.
The act or habit of stuttering.

stut′ter·er n.
stut′ter·ing·ly adv.
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This qualitative study examined the educational experiences of African American adult males who stuttered and how traditional educational practices affected their lives.
Thus, for some PWS, the desire to establish loving relationships is, to varying degrees, thwarted by legitimate or perceived barriers associated with stuttered speech.
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Whatever our answer, what is important is that Inchbald situates a proliferating vocal ambiguity alongside a "scream of terror" and "trembling hands." Equally important is the fact that Inchbald and van Swieten consider the body's location in space as well as the spaces of the body as critical details in the representation of human speech, stuttered or not.
In her seminal study, Fransella (1972) conducted personal construct therapy with 16 adults who stuttered, using repertory grids and bi-polar implications grids to assess the relationship between meaningfulness of speaker roles (i.e.
This study examined attentional functioning in 19 children who stuttered and 19 children who did not stutter using a standardized, commercially available visual attention task.
The group was categorized into three subgroups: normal fluent controls (seven), children who showed persistent stuttering (eight), and children who previously stuttered but had recovered and had been fluent for at least 2 years prior to scanning (seven).
The group was subcategorized into normal fluent controls (seven), children who showed persistent stuttering (eight), and children who previously stuttered but had recovered for at least 2 years prior to scanning (seven).
In the original evaluation of RB, Azrin and Nunn (1974) examined 14 people who stuttered, 13 of whom had previously received unsuccessful stuttering treatment.
Researchers from various organisations, including the University of Sydney, studied 54 children aged three to six in New Zealand who had all been diagnosed with a frequency of at least 2% of syllables stuttered.
He has lived with the problem since he was a child and did not meet another person who stuttered until his mid-twenties.