Below is a link to a PBS documentary discussing Genie, a girl who suffered from severe environmental neglect and abuse in her childhood until she was discovered at age 13. Please be aware that this is a sad story, and the content may be difficult to view at times on an emotional level. The contributors of this program tried to present Genie’s case in an accessible and compelling way, while at the same time raise a number of important questions.
Genie’s case, and other cases of “feral” children, provide some evidence that seems to support the notion of a critical period for language acquisition.
In 3-4 pages (double-spaced), discuss the following:
• To what extent do you find Genie’s case to be convincing evidence for the critical period? Explain why or why not. What aspects of language did Genie learn upon rehabilitation, and how do her linguistic achievements and challenges support or contradict your position? Be specific: What are the similarities and differences between Genie’s language acquisition and that of typically-developing children? What are some potential explanations for why she could only demonstrate a rudimentary form of language? In addition to the video, you should critically review 2 research articles and use them to support your argument.
• What other important issues are raised by Genie’s case? Use specific examples from the video, such as when Genie demanded to know a word for a shade of color that has no dedicated name in English (e.g., very dark blue), or when Genie started talking about the past. What insights can these observations offer into the nature of human language, and the relationship between language acquisition and cognitive development?
Our understanding and interpretation of conversion had changed overtime due to culture and society –evidence Physiological advancement – the meaning of conversion changed overtime there were more imitations of Augustine’s conversion which demonstrated that what it meant to be Christian during the medieval roman times to what it was in the later centuries have changed Sampson Staniforth Evangelical Conversion – Staniforth similarly to Augustine began by describing the pain that sufficed for him before his conversion which was illustrated: ‘but to continue crying and wresting with God, till He had no mercy on me. How long I was in that agony I cannot tell’. Evidently from this, we can perhaps assume from the description that life before conversion had been agonising, this is specifically demonstrated when he mentions; ‘but to continue crying and wresting with God’. Staniforth’s goes on to explain the significance of the conversion to his life as it was a defining moment. The prolonged wait for a sign from God. Hindmash mentions how conversions such as Stantiforth’s have 5 concepts which the story is focussed on: ‘autobiography, narrative, identity, conversion and gospel’. It is evident that modern te ‘p Sixteenth and seventeenth century The ideas of conversion have changed overtime which has been demonstrated through the narrative. Hindmash goes on further to speak about the Catholic’s understanding of conversion according to Puritans Thomas Goodwin and Philip Nye. They believed; ‘’England was ‘half reformed’ and they wanted to see a purer church’’pg 33. An example of the rise of conversion narrative which changed the ideas of conversion overtime is ‘spiritual brotherhood’; ‘’ preached the word of God in the same spirit and felt themselves to be members of a brotherhood’’, they ‘’ became a centre of reforming activity, teaching, and training that eventually sent many of them throughout the rest of England and even to the Netherlands and to the New World’’ (can you please rephrase this so it is not a quote and leave it red please). The puritans were described by Richard Baxter as: ‘’affectionate practical English writers’’; this illustrates the power of narrative and frame it was written in; they ‘’fostered spiritual autobiography in part by their stress upon religious experience’’.>