The Sociolinguistics of Lisping
Presented by Dr. Sarah Lockenvitz, associate professor, communication sciences and disorders
Speech sound disorders represent one of the intersections between linguistics and speech-language pathology. Phonetic-type impairments, or articulation disorders, can include lisping, which refers to errors or distortions involving sibilant sounds such as /s/ and /z/. To present a framework for exploring the sociolinguistics of lisping, lisping is considered through the lens of identity construction, stigma theory and qualitative analysis of the experiences of self-identified adults who lisp.