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Genie was considered to be beautiful fragile and wild She was born in April of 1957 in Los Angeles where she lived the first 13 years of her life tied to a potty chair abused and lonely She could not talk walk or even chew Her arms and legs did not extend fully and she had vision to a distance of only 12 feet Genie was considered a wild childThere is a great deal of evidence from the case that supports the nature and nurture theories of language development Noam Chomsky once declared that we acquire language because it is in our genes and that we are born with the principle of language He suggested that we are born with an innate Language Acquisition Device which is a mental program for how to deal with language It provides infants with rules of grammar and semantics Unlike Chomsky Skinner believed in the nurture theory He believed that we can explain language development with familiar learning principles such as association imitation and reinforcement Lenneberg combined both theories together He agreed with Chomsky but stated that there is a deadline for acquiring language or a critical period in a childs life This critical period occurs around the same time as puberty at about the age of 12-13 If a child has not been taught to speak by this period it will never pass the 2-3 word telegraphic stage Lenneberg had two different versions of his theory a strong version and a weak version The strong version stated that language will not and can not be achieved after puberty The weak version said that language will not be achieved normally after puberty Genie is a good example of the weak version of language development She achieved telegraphic speech but nothing more She had a large vocabulary and could understand words but she could never properly learn grammar Sentence structures WH words tense reflections and transfers within statements were
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