Uh and Um May Help Children Learn Language

Francis Hult francis.hult at utsa.edu
Wed Apr 20 15:41:20 UTC 2011

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Uh and Um May Help Children Learn Language


The "uh" and "um" breaks in natural speech aren't as useless as you might think them to be -- at least for children learning the ins and outs of language.


A group of researchers found these breaks in speech, commonly called "disfluencies," may help youngsters pick up what's important in conversation. The team also discovered that the ability to pay attention to disfluencies develops at around 2 years of age.


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