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Seeing Voices (original 1989; edition 2000)
by Oliver Sacks
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375704078, Paperback)"This book will shake your preconceptions about the deaf, about language and about thought--. Sacks [is] one of the finest and most thoughtful writers of our time."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
Like The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, this is a fascinating voyage into a strange and wonderful land, a provocative meditation on communication, biology, adaptation, and culture. In Seeing Voices, Oliver Sacks turns his attention to the subject of deafness, and the result is a deeply felt portrait of a minority struggling for recognition and respect--a minority with its own rich, sometimes astonishing, culture and unique visual language, an extraordinary mode of communication that tells us much about the basis of language in hearing people as well. Seeing Voices is, as Studs Terkel has written, "an exquisite, as well as revelatory, work."
(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:36:02 -0400)
SIGN LANGUAGES, BRAILLE & OTHER LINGUISTIC COMMUNICATION. Imaginative and insightful, Seeing Voices offers a way into a world that is, for many people, alien and unfamiliar for to be profoundly deaf is not just to live in a world of silence, but also to live in a world where the visual is paramount. In this remarkable book, Oliver Sacks explores the consequences of this, including the different ways in which the deaf and the hearing learn to categorise their respective worlds and how they convey and communicate those experiences to others.
(summary from another edition)
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