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Book: The Five-Minute Linguist

Chapter: 13. What Happens if You are Raised without Language?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.38132


This chapter provides a description of language deprivation using examples from both individual cases and the deaf population. The consequences of language deprivation FOR the development of grammar as well as the lateralization of language in the brain are briefly discussed. The possibility that development of grammar during early childhood may trigger the pre-programmed lateralization of all higher-level cognition in the brain is raised.

Chapter Contributors

  • Susan Curtiss ( - scurtiss) 'UCLA'