Analysis of Recast Outcomes in Conversations Between CWS And Parents

Amy L. Weiss
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Iowa, 120B SH C, Iowa City, IA USA 52242-1012


This study followed up a preliminary investigation (Weiss, 2002) that substantiated the presence of recasts in the child-directed language repertoires of parents of school age CWS and CWNS. Further analyses demonstrated that parents of CWS varied in the types and frequencies of their recast productions. As a group, children’s utterances following their parents’ recasts were not more significantly likely to contain disfluencies and as a group the children’s utterances were less lengthy and complex than the average utterances in their samples. For individual parent-child dyads, however, the use of recasts by their parents yielded attempts at more complex syntactic structures.
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