Feral children


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A feral child can be defined as a child raised by animals or with little or no involvement of humans

Children are born with a language acquisition device, a biological ability to understand the principles of language

New born babies could tell the difference between their mother tongue and an unfamiliar foreign language

Babies hear speech and respond in the womb

There is a critical period during which language learning is easiest and after which the capacity to learn language declines

Through operant conditioning and praise and correction, cooing and babbling is shaped into worcs

Genie was able to progress in language acquisition

The more a mother talks to her child the faster the child's vocabulary develops

Discuss the case of a girl named Oxana Malaya who was found aged eight having lived most of her life raised by dogs

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The Oxford Dictionary of Psychology (2015)

Fromkin et al (1974)

Mehler et al (1986)

Richards et al (1992)


Dombrowski et al (2011)


Huttenlocher et al (1991)

Lenneberg (1967)