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Forbidden signs : American culture and the campaign against sign language

Author: Douglas C Baynton
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1996.
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Forbidden Signs explores American culture from the mid-nineteenth century to 1920 through the lens of one striking episode: the campaign led by Alexander Graham Bell and other prominent Americans to suppress the use of sign language among deaf people. The metaphors and images used to describe the deaf - outsiders; beings of silence, innocence, and mystery; users of a language alternately seen as ancient and noble or
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Baynton, Douglas C.
Forbidden signs.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1996
(DLC) 96012889
(OCoLC)34412303
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas C Baynton
ISBN: 9780226039688 0226039684
OCLC Number: 710995101
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 228 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 1. Foreigners in Their Own Land: Community --
2. Savages and Deaf Mutes: Species and Race --
3. Without Voices: Gender --
4. From Refinement to Efficiency: Culture --
5. The Natural Language of Signs: Nature --
6. The Unnatural Language of Signs: Normality --
Epilogue: The Trap of Paternalism.
Responsibility: Douglas C. Baynton.

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