The Representation of Speech Disorders in Film




Wicker, Jayla

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A speech disorder can be defined as any condition in which a person has trouble creating speech sounds or difficulty with communication. For example, an individual with a stutter may have disfluencies in speech flow or disordered speech patterns. The representation of marganizied groups within the film industry has come a long way, but we are far from where we need to be. In the spring of 2022, I watched the top 50 movies of 2021 according to the public opinion, cultural impact, and the Academy, the group in charge of choosing who and what is nominated for the Oscars. After studying speech-language pathology these past 2 years in school, I was genuinely interested in how many of these films would depict a character with a communication disorder. . I watched each film to see if there was a character with a stutter, a lisp or any kind of communication disorder. ​I found that of the top 50 movies of 2021, only 2 had characters with communication disorders.



film, speech disorders, deafness, 2021, Honors College


Wicker, J. (2022). The representation of speech disorders in film (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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