2003 IFA Congress: Montreal, Canada

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

SUMMARY

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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