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Videos That Depict External and Internal Inhibition of Speech

I came across two interesting videos on YouTube today that show overt manifestations of the inhibition of speech that accompanies stuttering behavior.

The first shows the response of a fluent person’s speech to a magnetic pulse applied to his left brain hemisphere that disables the speech mechanism (causing eye flickering and stuttering-like speech) and then […]

Effect of False Body Maps on Stuttering Development

Loss of awareness of stuttering events is a well-known phenomenon to which any stutterer who has viewed a video recording of his own speech can attest. An extreme manifestation is “le petite mort,” a name given by Van Riper to the actual loss of consciousness that can occur in severe stuttering. (I remember my own […]

Enabling the Iceberg?

A new stuttering-specific spin has been proposed in the increasingly tiresome controversy about the use of “person first language” versus “calling a spade a spade:” the notion that using the moniker “person who stutters” instead of “stutterer” may “enable the [stuttering] iceberg.”

While most readers are probably familiar with the person first language (or PFL) […]