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Read an abstract of "Mother and Father Language Input to Young Children: Contributions to Later Language Development," posted by Science Direct.

A father’s language skills may have a greater impact on a child’s language development than the mother’s speech does, a study suggests.

The research, which appears in the November-December issue of the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, examined differences in the way mothers and fathers spoke to their 24-month-old children. Follow-up studies showed that at 36 months of age, the number of different words that the fathers had used was a predictor of greater language development in the children, according to the study, conducted by two school of education researchers, Nadya Pancsofar and Lynne Vernon-Feagans, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Vol. 26, Issue 13, Page 12

Published in Print: November 29, 2006, as Fathers’ Language Skills
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