Many Ways to Be Deaf: International Variation in Deaf Communities / Edition 1

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Twenty-four international scholars contribute articles on linguistic and cultural diversity in deaf communities worldwide, including Japan, Viet Nam, Nigeria, Ireland, Brazil, and the United States. The wide- ranging topics include the evolution of British fingerspelling beginning in the 17th century, a comparison of Swiss German Sign Language with Rhaeto-Romansch, and analysis of seven signed languages described in Thailand and variations attributed to their distance from isolated deaf communities. The volume is edited by a team of experts in deaf studies, anthropology, linguistics, and communications. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563681356
  • Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A World's Eye View: Deaf Cultures in Global Perspective 1
2 British Manual Alphabets in the Education of Deaf People Since the 17th Century 25
3 Austria's Hidden Conflict: Hearing Culture Versus Deaf Culture 49
4 Pedagogical Issues in Swedish Deaf Education 67
5 Romance and Reality: Sociolinguistic Similarities and Differences between Swiss German Sign Language and Rhaeto-Romansh 89
6 The Dilemma of the Hard of Hearing within the U.S. Deaf Community 114
7 Sociolinguistic Dynamics in American Deaf Communities: Peer Groups Versus Families 141
8 School Language and Shifts in Irish Deaf Identity 153
9 Surdos Venceremos: The Rise of the Brazilian Deaf Community 173
10 South African Sign Language: Changing Policies and Practice 194
11 U-Turns, Deaf Shock, and the Hard of Hearing: Japanese Deaf Identities at the Borderlands 211
12 The Chiying School of Taiwan: A Foreigner's Perspective 230
13 The Changing World of the Russian Deaf Community 249
14 New Ways to Be Deaf in Nicaragua: Changes in Language, Personhood, and Community 260
15 Sign Languages and Deaf Identities in Thailand and Viet Nam 283
16 A for Apple: The Impact of Western Education and ASL on the Deaf Community in Kano State, Northern Nigeria 302
Contributors 311
Index 313
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