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WHAT IS A FERAL CHILD
· A feral child is defined as a child who has
lived in isolation at a very young age and has
therefore remained unaware of human
behaviour and language.…read more

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EFFECTS OF NEGLECT ON LANGUAGE
· Children who have been neglected for a long
period of time from birth will often fail to be
able to speak or construct coherent
sentences. They will be unable to read or
take part in conversations.…read more

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LENNEBERG- THE CRITICAL PERIOD
HYPOTHESIS
· Lenneberg in his book `biological foundations of language'
published in 1967 says there is a critical period in which
language can be acquired. Before age two language
acquisition is not possible as the brain is not sufficiently
mature. After puberty natural language acquisition is not
obtainable as the brain in physiologically mature but the
lateralisation of all higher mental function is complete and
cerebral plasticity is lost. If a child does not aquire a
language before puberty it is highly unlikely they will learn
one at all.…read more

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NOAM CHOMSKY
· Language development occurs if the environment provides exposure to
language.Noam Chomsky suggested that the acquisition of language could
not be fully explained by learning alone. Instead, he proposed that
children are born with a language acquisition device (LAD), an innate
ability to understand the principles of language. Once exposed to
language, the LAD allows children to learn the language at a remarkable
pace. This means feral children will not acquire language if they have not
been in environments in which they have heard language in use.…read more

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FERAL CHILDREN ­ OXANA
MALAYA
· In 1991, Oxana Malaya, was found and considered to
be a feral child. When Oxana was found, living in
Ukraine, she was 8 years old and had been said to
have lived amongst dogs since she was 3 years old.
Because of this she picked up common behaviours
that dogs display, such as; barking, growling, and
even protecting the pack.
· Oxana's behaviour could possibly be linked to Lev
Vygotsky's theory of `tools of intellectual adaptation'.…read more

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