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Discussion Paper on Language and Cognition
He never learned to say more than a few words, but he developed a sense of hearing and mastered table manners and polite behavior. (Douthwaite, p. 21, 2002)
Here, Douthwaite recounts historical reports of a feral youngster discovered in Germany and taken in by civilized keepers to live out his days. Psychologists and neurologists have long been interested in cases of “wild children,” children who grow up outside of human society with little or no human contact. Cases involving such children help researchers better understand the cognitive mechanisms that underpin language development. Consider how the consequences of deprivation in the environment compare to the impacts of deafness on language development. Neurological disruption has an impact on language production and understanding. For example, strokesbrain damage caused by a blockage in the blood supply or a hemorrhagehave aided in the identification of important brain sites and their functional implications.
Consider the effects of environmental deprivation, deafness, and neurological disruption on language acquisition, production, and comprehension for this discussion.
J. V. Douthwaite, J. V. Douthwaite, J. V. Douthwaite, J. (2002). Dangerous experiments in the era of enlightenment: the wild girl, the natural man, and the monster University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.
With the following considerations in mind:
Explain how lack of environment, deafness, and neurological disturbance (e.g., stroke or brain injury) may affect language acquisition, production, or comprehension. To support your response, give examples for each.
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