An Introduction to Language (9th edition - International by Nina; Rodman, Robert; Fromkin, Victoria Hyams

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In addition, any notion that linguistic competence results simply from communicative abilities, or develops to serve communicative functions, is belied by studies of children with good linguistic skills, but nearly no or severely limited communicative skills. The acquisition and use of language seem to depend on cognitive skills different from the ability to communicate in a social setting. Christopher Christopher has a nonverbal IQ between 60 and 70 and must live in an institution because he is unable to take care of himself.

The most Language and Brain Development dramatic cases are those described as “wild” or “feral” children. A celebrated case, documented in François Truffaut’s film The Wild Child, is that of Victor, “the wild boy of Aveyron,” who was found in 1798. It was ascertained that he had been left in the woods when very young and had somehow survived. In 1920 two children, Amala and Kamala, were found in India, supposedly having been reared by wolves. Other children have been isolated because of deliberate efforts to keep them from normal social intercourse.

After the training is complete, the brain is surgically split. The stimulus is then shown only to the left visual field (the right hemisphere). Because the right hemisphere controls the left side of the body, the monkey will perform only with the left hand. In humans who have undergone split-brain operations, the two hemispheres appear to be independent, and messages sent to the brain result in different responses, depending on which side receives the message. For example if a pencil is placed in the left hand of a split-brain person whose eyes are closed, the person can use the pencil appropriately but cannot name it because only the left hemisphere can speak.

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