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Many Ways to Be Deaf: International Variation in Deaf Communities
     

Many Ways to Be Deaf: International Variation in Deaf Communities

by Leila Monaghan, Constanze Schmaling, Karen Nakamura, Graham H. Turner
 

ISBN-10: 1563685787

ISBN-13: 9781563685781

Pub. Date: 01/16/2013

Publisher: Gallaudet University Press

The recent explosion of sociocultural, linguistic, and historical research on signed languages throughout the world has culminated in Many Ways to Be Deaf, an unmatched collection of in-depth articles about linguistic diversity in Deaf communities on five continents. Twenty-four international scholars have contributed their findings from studying Deaf

Overview

The recent explosion of sociocultural, linguistic, and historical research on signed languages throughout the world has culminated in Many Ways to Be Deaf, an unmatched collection of in-depth articles about linguistic diversity in Deaf communities on five continents. Twenty-four international scholars have contributed their findings from studying Deaf communities in Japan, Thailand, Viet Nam, Taiwan, Russia, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, Ireland, Nigeria, South Africa, Brazil, Nicaragua, and the United States. Sixteen chapters consider the various antecedents of each country’s native signed language, taking into account the historical background of their development and also the effects of foreign influences and changes in philosophies by the larger, dominant hearing societies.
 
     The remarkable range of topics covered in Many Ways to Be Deaf will fascinate readers, from the evolution of British fingerspelling traced back to the 17th century; the comparison of Swiss German Sign Language with Rhaeto-Romansch, another Swiss minority language; the analysis of seven signed languages described in Thailand and how they differ in relation to their distance from isolated Deaf communities to Bangkok and other urban centers; to the vaulting development of a nascent sign language in Nicaragua, and much more. The diversity of background and training among the contributors to Many Ways to Be Deaf distinguishes it as a genuine and unique multicultural examination of the myriad manifestations of being Deaf in a diverse world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563685781
Publisher:
Gallaudet University Press
Publication date:
01/16/2013
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1A World's Eye View: Deaf Cultures in Global Perspective1
2British Manual Alphabets in the Education of Deaf People Since the 17th Century25
3Austria's Hidden Conflict: Hearing Culture Versus Deaf Culture49
4Pedagogical Issues in Swedish Deaf Education67
5Romance and Reality: Sociolinguistic Similarities and Differences between Swiss German Sign Language and Rhaeto-Romansh89
6The Dilemma of the Hard of Hearing within the U.S. Deaf Community114
7Sociolinguistic Dynamics in American Deaf Communities: Peer Groups Versus Families141
8School Language and Shifts in Irish Deaf Identity153
9Surdos Venceremos: The Rise of the Brazilian Deaf Community173
10South African Sign Language: Changing Policies and Practice194
11U-Turns, Deaf Shock, and the Hard of Hearing: Japanese Deaf Identities at the Borderlands211
12The Chiying School of Taiwan: A Foreigner's Perspective230
13The Changing World of the Russian Deaf Community249
14New Ways to Be Deaf in Nicaragua: Changes in Language, Personhood, and Community260
15Sign Languages and Deaf Identities in Thailand and Viet Nam283
16A for Apple: The Impact of Western Education and ASL on the Deaf Community in Kano State, Northern Nigeria302
Contributors311
Index313

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