covert stuttering

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covert stuttering (uncountable)

  1. (psychology, speech pathology) A manner of speaking in which a person who stutters is careful to avoid words, sounds, and other stimuli which trigger instances of stuttering.
    • 1991, Kerry E. Lewis, "The Structure of Disfluency Behaviors in the Speech of Adult Stutterers," Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, vol. 34, p. 482:
      Covert stuttering is characterized by accessory features such as word substitutions, interjections, and stopping.
    • 2006, David Ward, Stuttering & Cluttering, →ISBN, p. 271 (Google preview):
      [C]overt stuttering, also known as interiorized stuttering . . . may include avoidance of words or sounds, certain situations, certain people, and so on.
    • 2006, Dale F. Williams, Stuttering Recovery: Personal and Empirical Perspectives, →ISBN, p. 151 (Google preview):
      Another mistaken impression is that covert stuttering is just a mild form of stuttering.
    • 2011, Jill E. Douglas, An Investigation of the Transition Process from Covert Stuttering to Overt Stuttering: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of Individuals Who Stutter, PhD dissertation, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, p. 16:
      Though this form of stuttering is a well-recognized clinical phenomenon, research on the topic of covert stuttering is insignificant (Boodstein and Berstein Ratner, 2008).
  2. An instance of such a manner of speaking.