A Psycholinguistic Study of a Modern-Day Wild Child

1st Edition - October 28, 1977

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  • Author: Susan Curtiss
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483217611

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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

  • Preface


    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 Aspects

    11 Neurolinguistic Aspects

    11.1. The Critical Period

    11.2. Genie as a Right-Hemisphere Language Learner

    11.3. Lateralization

    11.4. Genie as a Right-Hemisphere Thinker

    11.5. Right-Hemisphere Speech

    11.6. Summary and Conclusions

    Appendix I Comprehension Tests

    1. Simple Negation

    2. Simple Modification

    3. Complex Modification

    4. Prepositions In, On, Under

    5. Prepositions Behind, In Front of, Beside, and Next to

    6. Prepositions In, On, Next to, Under, Over, In Back of, In Front of, Behind, Beside

    7. Singular versus Plural in Nouns

    8. Conjunction/Disjunction

    9. Possessive Pronouns

    10. Comparative

    11. Superlative I

    12. Superlative II

    13. Comparative and Superlative

    14. Tense/Aspect

    15. Before ana After

    16. Some, One, All

    17. Pronouns

    18. Word Order

    19. WH-Questioning of Subject Versus Object

    20. Complex Sentence Processing

    21. Complex Negation

    22. Relative Terms

    23. More Versus Less

    24. Most, Many, Few, Fewest

    25. Semantic Classification Tests

    26. Receptive Phonology

    Appendix II Dichotic Listening and Tachistoscopic Tests

    I. Dichotic Listening Tests

    II. Tachistoscopic Tests

    Appendix III Excerpt from Kent (1972)

    Excerpt from "Eight Months in the Hospital" by Dr. James Kent (1972)

    Appendix IV Sketches by Genie



Product details

  • No. of pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1977
  • Published: October 28, 1977
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483217611

About the Author

Susan Curtiss

About the Editor

Harry A Whitaker

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