Background[ edit ] Genie was the last, and second surviving, of four children of parents living in Arcadia, Californiaand was born in without any noted complications at a normal, healthy weight and size.
Tweet How did you learn to speak your native language? We often ask questions such as, do you remember when you learned to tie your shoes, ride a bike, and eat with a fork?
Sometimes we can remember because a parent helped us learn how to do these things.
Now, since we always speak the language of our parents, they must have helped us learn to speak our Genie language acquisition language. But do you remember when your mother taught you the past tense? When your father laid down the rules for passive sentences?
Yet we learned from them. How can this be? Certainly there must have been a subtle, perhaps intuitive teaching process that neither our parents nor we were aware of.
We begin by imitating what we hear our parents say as best we can, repeating random phrases. Our parents in subtle ways punish us for the childish speech errors we make by not responding, correcting the error, etc. As our speech improves, our parents respond more positively and less negatively.
Have you ever heard a child say things like this: Daddy go He hitted me! No eat cake Who did they hear utter such phrases? But if the child were merely trying to repeat this common phrase, choosing random two-word combinations, he or she would also occasionally say "Daddy is" or simply "is going"?
Yet these two phrases do not occur as normal speech errors of children while "Daddy go" is a common one. Indeed, when parents do respond to speech errors, they most often respond positively. Here are a few advanced errors from the history of my family.
What do you think our response was—correction or laughter which I take to be a positive response? Give me the beach-lookers!
So how do we learn to speak? Recall the example above, "He hitted me. In other words, the only way a child learning language could make such an error is that he or she is learning a rule that derives past tense verbs from verb stems.
Still, it shows that children look for and learn grammatical rules from nothing more than the utterances they hear.
Notice also that the words in the erroneous phrases are all in the correct order.Keywords: skinner language theory, chomsky language theory How do we learn language? Is it an innate ability or do we have to learn language?
Can we find an absolute definition for language? These questions has been asked and investigated by many psychologists, but to date I have not been able to find any concrete evidence put forward to support any of the findings.
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Secret of the Wild Child tells the story of Genie, a 13 year old girl who was discovered by social workers. Genie had been raised in a small, featureless room since the age of 18 months--strapped into a potty chair by day and a crib by night, no one was allowed to talk with her, play with her, or give her the least sign of human affection and communication.
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