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The language of light : a history of silent voices

The language of light : a history of silent voices

Author: Gerald Shea
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald Shea
ISBN: 9780300215434 0300215436
OCLC Number: 994811781
Description: xviii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: In the beginning was the word --
Language in air, language of light --
The age of darkness --
The enlightenment : the age of Bébian --
France comes to America --
The banquets of the deaf --
The Congress of Milan : the Hundred Years' War --
The debate in England : Bell v. Gallaudet --
Helen Keller : a false symbol --
Bébian reborn : the arrival of William Stokoe --
To sign is to speak --
Milan is still, and always, today --
Language in electrons --
Picture a classroom --
Appendix 1. A mortal trinity --
Appendix 2. The handshapes of American Sign Language.
Responsibility: Gerald Shea.


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


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Runner- up in the 2018 New England Book Festival, nonfiction category"A gracefully written, tightly reasoned indictment of those who would deprive the Deaf of their language."-Harlan Lane, author of Read more...

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