A chasm exists in language learning. It involves the cumulative total of words that babies and toddlers hear — and even more importantly, the words they don’t hear. It’s called the “30 million word gap.” If children don’t have good language skills, they can’t make good progress. And Georgia is losing too many before the age 3 when it comes to verbal proficiency.
Researchers are putting thousands of audio recordings online. Their aim is to track how language, grammar and accents change over time. The South is a treasure trove. And Georgia shares several distinctive styles.