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Mar 6 2020

¡Hola Margarita! The interplay of Spanish and English and how to determine difference versus disorder in bilingual individuals

Talks in Linguistics (TiL)

March 6, 2020

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


1501 UH


601 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607

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In the field of Speech-Language Pathology we are charged with the assessment of the communication skills of culturally and linguistically diverse individuals. When bilingual Spanish-English speaking children are evaluated, how can we determine whether the errors observed are rooted in disorder or are indicative of differences caused by the interplay of their two languages? Speech and language disorders must be found to be present in both of a child’s languages for a disorder to truly exist. How does disorder manifest in Spanish-English speakers? While legal guidelines and culturally responsive practices dictate that evaluation be completed in both of the child’s languages, the reality is often less than ideal.


The graduate-student organized UIC Talks in Linguistics (TiL) offers students, faculty, and invited-guests the opportunity to present ongoing work and get comments and ideas as well as the chance for critical and constructive discussion of their work.


School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics

Date posted

Sep 20, 2019

Date updated

Mar 3, 2020


Stacy Ko | Marquette University

Stacy Ko is a professor at Marquette University. Her work as a practicing bilingual Spanish-English Speech- Language pathologist has included extensive bilingual diagnostic experience in urban and rural Wisconsin school districts. She has provided therapy services for preschool, elementary and middle school children for more than 20 years in a variety of settings.