Genie - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780121963507, 9781483217611


1st Edition

A Psycholinguistic Study of a Modern-Day Wild Child

Authors: Susan Curtiss
Editors: Harry A Whitaker
eBook ISBN: 9781483217611
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th October 1977
Page Count: 304
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Genie: A Psycholinguistic Study of a Modern-Day “Wild Child” reports on the linguistic research carried out through studying and working with Genie, a deprived and isolated, to an unprecedented degree, girl who was not discovered until she was an adolescent. An inhuman childhood had prevented Genie from learning language, and she knew little about the world in any respect save abuse, neglect, isolation, and deprivation.

This book is organized into three parts encompassing 11 chapters. Part I provides a case history and background material on Genie's personality and language behavior. This part describes the interaction between the authors and this remarkable girl. Part II details Genie's linguistic development and overall language abilities, specifically her phonological development, as well as receptive knowledge and productive grammatical abilities of syntax, morphology, and semantics. This part also provides a comparison between her linguistic development and the language acquisition of other children. Part III presents a full description of the neurolinguistic work carried out on Genie and discusses the implications of this aspect of the case.

This book will prove useful to neurolinguistics and pyscholinguistics.

Table of Contents



Part I Case History

1 Family Background and Early Childhood

2 November 1970-January 1971

3 January 1971-June 1971

4 June 1971-August 1971

5 September 1971-June 1975

5.1. Delayed Responses

5.2. Lazy Behavior

5.3. Hapologies

5.4. Ritualistic Speech

5.5. "Tuning in" to Language

5.6. New Uses for Language

5.7. Sound Production

5.8. Gestures

5.9. Working with Genie

5.10. Affect and Social Development

Part II Linguistic Development

6 The Data

6.1. Interviews with Genie's Mother

6.2. Reports from the Division of Psychiatry, Children's Hospital

6.3. Videotapes

6.4. Tape Recordings

6.5. Observations of Genie's Speech

6.6. Psychological Testing

6.7. Language Tests

6.8. Neurolinguistic Tests

6.9. Work with Written Language

6.10. Sign Language

7 Phonology: Comprehension and Production

7.1. Receptive Phonology

7.2. Phonological Production

7.3. Suprasegmentals

7.4. Summary

8 Syntax, Morphology, Semantics: Comprehension

8.1. Videotapes

8.2. Comprehension Tests

8.3. Real-Life Comprehension

8.4. Conclusion

9 Syntax, Morphology, Semantics: Production

9.1. Syntax

9.2. Morphological Production

9.3. Semantics

10 Genie in Relation to Other Children

10.1. Phonology

10.2. Syntax

10.3. Morphology

10.4. Semantics

10.5. Comprehension/Production

10.6. Competence/Performance

10.7. Conclusion

Part III Neurolinguistic Aspec


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Susan Curtiss

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Harry A Whitaker

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