A Case Study of Language Impairment (Stuttering): A Psycholinguistics Approach

Psycholinguistics, speech impairment, Stuttering


  • Dewi Ikke Nuryani
    Magister of Linguistics Student, Faculty of Cultural Studies, Jember University, Jember Indonesia
  • Bambang Wibisono Professor of Psycholinguistics, Faculty of Cultural Studies, Jember University, Jember Indonesia
  • Hairus Salikin Professor of Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Cultural Studies, Jember University, Jember Indonesia
November 27, 2022


A language is a tool used by humans to communicate. However, due to several reasons, language disorders are often found. One of the language disorders experienced by humans is stuttering. Stuttering is often experienced by children to teenage boys, and rarely is the phenomenon of stuttering found in adults. Therefore, this study aims to examine the phenomenon of stuttering experienced by an adult man in Petung village, Bondowoso district, East Java. The methodology used is descriptive qualitative by using observation and interview techniques to obtain data. The result of this study is that Mr. AG's stuttering is categorized as severe because when he wants to speak, he has a pause of 2-6 seconds from the five forms of stuttering he performs. This condition depends on his emotional level. The factors that caused Mr. Ag's stuttering were a genetic factor and a neurogenic disorder factor because the subject often had seizures due to high fever and epilepsy. With proper treatment, stuttering can be cured, but, in this case, the stuttering becomes permanent because Mr. Ag never gets any treatment to treat language impairment. Stuttering drives a very big impact on Mr. AG’s life. Because of his stuttering, he fails in his education.