Stuttering as an Expression of Inefficient Language Development

  • Jon Eisenson
Part of the Cognition and Language: A Series in Psycholinguistics book series (CALS)


In the beginning there was the Word, and shortly after this beginning came the stuttered word. If we seek an answer as to the genesis of stuttering, we are probably only a little better informed today than we were in the biblical days. Then, for reasons known only to God, Moses spoke in a manner that may be described as dysfluent and very likely as stuttering.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jon Eisenson
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  1. 1.Department of Hearing and Speech ScienceStanford UniversityUSA

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