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- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: June 21, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005745GQC
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As someone who has had no previous experience or knowledge in this area, for me this text opened a whole new area of culture and history that is continually growing and developing.
Sacks' explores the nature of language, touching upon Noam Chomsky's paradigm-shifting studies, "Syntactic Structures", "Cartesian Linguistics" and Language of Mind", where he proposes his theory that language is innate, lying dormant until it is made active through human interaction and culture. Sacks connects these theories to the pre-lingual deaf and its implications and manifestations.
We are also given a history lesson on the language of SIGN, how it has developed, why it was jettisoned, out of ignorant prejudice, in the late nineteenth century, and its miraculous come back in the twentieth century. Through Sacks' concise and straightforward prose, he connects us to the foreign world of another language not depended on speech, its intricacies and its wonder, and how those of us who have the ability to hear and to verbalize, all too often take language for granted.Read more ›
Sacks acknowledges the substantial Deaf (with a capital 'D') political movement that feels deafness is not a disability, but a completely different way to experience the world. The unsurpassed richness of Sign -- and the thought patterns supported by it -- will cause many a "deafness-impaired" hearing person to give consideration to this view.
As always, Oliver is erudite, compassionate, witty and insightful. A delightful and thought-provoking book -- in ANY language.
Part 2 extensively looks at sign as a distinct language with its own syntax and grammar.
Part 3 is an excellent synopsis of the 1988 uprising at Gallaudet University over the selection of a new president.
This book offers a fascinating overview of deaf culture by a talented writer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An amazing work that is quite insightful, and explains the struggles of deaf people. Interestingly, it connects back to the point that is currently popular in the deaf community:... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sean from California
The book is somewhat infuriating if you understand deaf people and know what sign language is. Sacks has no idea, and he keeps explaining things that are, frankly, obvious to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert
Very interesting read and I appreciate all of the insight in to a world I can only imagine.Published 5 months ago by Joni
Being hearing impaired I was very interested in his subject.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I truly don't know what I expected from this book when I bought it. I think it was just something that Oliver Sacks had written. It made me think. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carolyn Dargevics
I love most of mr. sachs books but not this one. It is ra,mbling and out of date.Published 7 months ago by puffinswan