Feral child

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A feral child is a child who has lived isolated from human contact from a very young age, and so has had little or no experience of human care, behaviour or human language. Usually this is the result of extreme child abuse.


Feral children discovered in need to receive complex care. Their subsequent attempts to acquire language can provide case studies of language acquisition.


Corroboration of claims about feral children can be somewhat difficult; sometimes dubious claims have been made in an attempt to gain fame or money.

Probably the most famous case is that of Genie, but there are others, including Isabelle and Anna.