Then I realized that /d/ is the first letter of /daddy/, and /m/ of /mommy/. So I was thinking that maybe we develop an association between a stuttering event and the letter that we most or first used as a child in speaking our first words.
So a child might first say /mommy/, and obviously she will first experience delays of speech initiation on the letter /m/. And the brain will look for correlations, and realize that when I have to say /m/, I am likely to have issues. So the brain stores an association between the letter /m/ and a stuttering event. My guess is that if you fear /d/, you might have been a daddy child! Or in other languages, /p/ for /papa/.
Students: here is a final year project: test my theory!
- find stutterers
- ask them about their feared letter.
- ask them whether they were mummy or daddy children.
- find stutterers from different countries where daddy does not start with /d/ or mother not with /m/.
- analyse data: especially compare countries.