the 'Wild child' and popular culture'
- "The strange case of Kaspar Hauser" (Germany, late 19th century?) made into a
movie called The Mystery of
Kaspar Hauser by Werner Herzog.
- "Wild Child of Aveyron" (France); made into a movie by Francois Truffaut.
- Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling: Mowgli and the animals; Disney
- Another 'wild child' found in India by missionaries a couple decades ago; no
more heard from since.
- "Genie" a girl found in L.A. who had been tied up like an animal in a garage;
linguists wanted to study her case to see what language could be learned; others
wanted her to be protected from the evil linguists, etc. Website mentions 'acute
social deprivation' as a reason for not having acquired language.
- Nell, originally a stage play called Ideoglossia, with a young
woman who has language, but it's not any language anybody can figure out. The State
takes over, to "protect" her (and study her), and a medical doctor tries to protect
her from the evil State.
- If children do not learn language by the age of 6, they usually
don't learn--the in-built capacity for language acquisition seems to shut down. Can
such children be retrained?
- The Rescuer again: people who try to "save" these unfortunate creatures
(such as we've seen with the deaf, or Liza Doolittle), or other people such as
autistic persons, savants, etc.
- The strengths of the 'disabled' person--sometimes have abilities that
"able-bodied' people don't have.