What happens when you don't learn language?
It seemed interesting to look at how young children learn language through their interactions with their parents, caretakers and peers. It made me think of a recent broadcast on RadioLab (an NPR radio show) that explored how our interaction with words affects the ways that we think. The whole program was really fascinating, but especially relevant to this class is the first part of the program. The first part speaks to Susan Schaller, who has written a book about her experience of working with a young man who had been born deaf and never learned a language until he was in his late 20's. Maybe the book gives more explication than the radio program, but the idea that someone would get to be 27 and never had anyone teach him language just seems amazingly cruel. It begs the question of what were his parents, siblings, and other associates doing in their interactions with him. Or were they just ignoring him and not interacting at all?
Mpanzani 18:12, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
Some interesting media/resources from yesterdays lecture:
NY Times article: Understanding ‘Ba Ba Ba’ as a Key to Development
"Your Baby Can Read" Infomercial--I've seen this a few times on TV and it brings up the debate if its truly reading or just symbol recognition.
Medieval Help Desk: How To Use a Book