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The Language of Light: A History of Silent Voices

The Language of Light: A History of Silent Voices

A comprehensive history of deafness, signed languages, and the unresolved struggles of the Deaf to be taught in their unspoken tongue

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ISBN 9780300215434
Barcode 9780300215434
Published 15 September 2017 by FOOTPRINT BOOKS
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Shea, Gerald

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ISBN-13 9780300215434
ISBN-10 0300215436
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Imprint Yale University Press
Publication Date 15 September 2017
International Publication Date 22 August 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Shea, Gerald
Category Historical & Comparative Linguistics
Sign Languages, Braille & Other Linguistic Communication
Social & Cultural History
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Linguistics
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 454g
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 750374

Description of this Book

Partially deaf due to a childhood illness, Gerald Shea is no stranger to the search for communicative grace and clarity. In this eloquent and thoroughly researched book, he uncovers the centuries-long struggle of the Deaf to be taught in sign language-the only language that renders them complete, fully communicative human beings. Shea explores the history of the deeply biased attitudes toward the Deaf in Europe and America, which illogically forced them to be taught in a language they could neither hear nor speak. As even A.G. Bell, a fervent oralist, admitted, sign language is the quickest method of reaching the mind of a deaf child. Shea's research exposes a persistent but misguided determination among hearing educators to teach the Deaf orally, making the very faculty they lacked the principal instrument of their instruction. To forbid their education in sign language-the language of light -is to deny the Deaf their human rights, he concludes.

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UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Gerald Shea practiced corporate and international law for many years as a member of the New York and Paris bars. He is author of Song Without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway Through Life, a prize-winning memoir of his life with partial deafness. He divides his time between Paris and the North Shore of Massachusetts.

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