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Monday, May 21, 2012

Language Acquisition & Feral Children

I went on an interesting tour by Esotouric called Blood and Dumplings on Sunday. The tour company has the tag line, Bus Adventures into the secret heart of Los Angeles. If you want to find out about old crime stories, this is the tour company for you. My first job was in the area delivering flowers, so I thought I new a bit about the area.

I also went on their Route 66 tour that was focused more on architecture and history including Azusa, Duarte, Monrovia, and Sierra Madre. I grew up in Monrovia, and even I learned a something new. For example, I did not know about E. Wald Ward Farm - neat little citrus farm with a store in the middle of Sierra Madre.

One of the cases mentioned was Susan Wiley "Genie the Wild Child" Child of Arcadia. This poor girl was imprisoned in here bed room until age 12 in 1970, and nobody spoke to her.  Because of that, she never learned to talk. To me this proves the point that language is important to learn as a child.

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