Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary Deafness on Martha's Vineyard

Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary Deafness on Martha's Vineyard

by Nora Ellen Groce
     
 

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ISBN-10: 067427041X

ISBN-13: 9780674270411

Pub. Date: 03/28/1988

Publisher: Harvard

From the seventeenth century to the early years of the twentieth, the population of Martha's Vineyard manifested an extremely high rate of profound hereditary deafness. In stark contrast to the experience of most deaf people in our own society, the Vineyarders who were born deaf were so thoroughly integrated into the daily life of the community that they were not

Overview

From the seventeenth century to the early years of the twentieth, the population of Martha's Vineyard manifested an extremely high rate of profound hereditary deafness. In stark contrast to the experience of most deaf people in our own society, the Vineyarders who were born deaf were so thoroughly integrated into the daily life of the community that they were not seen--and did not see themselves--as handicapped or as a group apart. Deaf people were included in all aspects of life, such as town politics, jobs, church affairs, and social life. How was this possible?

On the Vineyard, hearing and deaf islanders alike grew up speaking sign language. This unique sociolinguistic adaptation meant that the usual barriers to communication between the hearing and the deaf, which so isolate many deaf people today, did not exist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674270411
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/28/1988
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
350,415
Product dimensions:
(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1. "They Were Just Like Everyone Else"

2. The History of Martha's Vineyard

3. The Origins of Vineyard Deafness

4. The Genetics of Vineyard Deafness

5. The Island Adaptation to Deafness

6. Growing Up Deaf on the Vineyard

7. Deafness in Historical Perspective

8. "Those People Weren't Handicapped"

Appendix A. Oral and Written Sources

Appendix B. Perceived Causes of Vineyard Deafness

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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