ETSU studying delayed grammar development

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Researchers at East Tennessee State University are studying children with early delays in grammar development.

Dr. Kerry Proctor-Williams is studying language "recasts" and how often they should be used. "Recasts" are corrections said by adults when a child says something grammatically incorrect. For example, "he runned" would be corrected by an adult saying "he ran."

Proctor-Williams is studying how long recasts should be used. She is associate professor in the ETSU Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders in the National Institutes of Health is sponsoring the study.

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