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I have a number of Indian colleagues who are fluent in English (but Natively spoke Urdu or Hindi) and I've noticed a trend to stutter the word "I'll" when they speak it, as in:

I'll I'll look into that.

I love language, and especially the etymology of how languages from multiple cultures combine into a common language, so I've become curious as to the nature of this. Is there something in one of the base language grammar or patterns here that leads to this behavior?

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    I have talked to many native Hindi speakers and a few Urdu (I think the common spelling is with 'U' ;) and never noticed that stuttering is more common with them. Does it just happen with I'll? Do you think it's involuntary like actual stuttering? Or more of a way of saying "I'm not absolutely sure about this, but I guess..."?
    – robert
    Sep 17 '13 at 18:49
  • Seems to be just with I'll, I've noticed it among 4 or 5 different speakers.
    – BadPirate
    Sep 18 '13 at 18:00
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    Native Hindi speaker here, and literally no Hindi speaker I know does that.
    – Anubhav C
    Mar 12 '14 at 8:28

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