A Clinical Hypothesis for Intermittent Unintelligibility in Two English Language Learners Purpose: This article reports an unusual speech pattern produced by two English Language Learners (ELLs), who developed intermittent unintelligibility shortly after placement in English-only academic settings. Method: In order to determine if this speech pattern had been observed by other speech-language pathologists (SLPs), 123 school-based speech language pathologists (SLPs) were ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2008
A Clinical Hypothesis for Intermittent Unintelligibility in Two English Language Learners
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  • Deborah Rhein
    New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
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Article   |   October 01, 2008
A Clinical Hypothesis for Intermittent Unintelligibility in Two English Language Learners
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, October 2008, Vol. 15, 82-91. doi:10.1044/cds15.3.82
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, October 2008, Vol. 15, 82-91. doi:10.1044/cds15.3.82
Abstract

Purpose: This article reports an unusual speech pattern produced by two English Language Learners (ELLs), who developed intermittent unintelligibility shortly after placement in English-only academic settings.

Method: In order to determine if this speech pattern had been observed by other speech-language pathologists (SLPs), 123 school-based speech language pathologists (SLPs) were surveyed as to their experience with the pattern in both monolingual English-speaking and bilingual (languages unspecified) students aged 3-21 years.

Results: The majority (76%) of SLPs reported having observed the pattern in school-age monolingual and bilingual children.

Conclusions: A theoretical framework to explain the sudden development of intermittent unintelligibility in the two children in the case study as well as other children who produce the speech pattern as reported by the survey respondents is presented. Different clinical implications are suggested for different clinical populations and areas in need of further study are also discussed.

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