Stuttering in Antiquity: Moses and Demosthenes Academic Article uri icon


  • Introduction The word stuttering, (also stammering or logospasm) comes from the gothic stautan - to strike,(l) Stuttering is a disturbance in the fluency and time patterning of speech that is inappropriate for the person's age. Stuttering consists either of repetitions, prolongations, pauses within words, observable word substitutions to avoid blocking, or audible or silent blocking, all of which disrupt the rhythmic flow of speech.(23) The individual knows precisely what he or she wishes to say, but at the same time may have difficulty saying it.(4) The prevalence of stuttering in the general population has been estimated to be between land 5 %.(456) It is likely that the condition of stuttering has been known since humans first began to speak. Indeed, evidence of stuttering can be inferred from ancient written records in Egypt, Mesopotamia and China.*7 8) There are many theories as to the reasons for stuttering, in fact, the disorder has been called 'the …

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  • January 1, 2003