A Man Without Words

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University of California Press, 1991 - Education - 204 pages
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For more than a quarter of a century, Ildefonso, a Mexican Indian, lived in total isolation, set apart from the rest of the world. He wasn't a political prisoner or a social recluse, he was simply born deaf and had never been taught even the most basic language. Susan Schaller, then a twenty-four-year-old graduate student, encountered him in a class for the deaf where she had been sent as an interpreter and where he sat isolated, since he knew no sign language. She found him obviously intelligent and sharply observant but unable to communicate, and she felt compelled to bring him to a comprehension of words.

A Man without Words vividly conveys the challenge, the frustrations, and the exhilaration of opening the mind of a congenitally deaf person to the concept of language.
  

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User Review  - Omgitssarah - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. However, she had a type of vocabulary that was very biased and insensitive. I wished she didn't view herself as some God or heavenly sent angel that turned Ildefonso ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
21
Section 2
29
Section 3
46
Section 4
58
Section 5
67
Section 6
76
Section 7
83
Section 8
92
Section 11
116
Section 12
125
Section 13
132
Section 14
148
Section 15
158
Section 16
167
Section 17
181
Section 18
189

Section 9
102
Section 10
114

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About the author (1991)

Susan Schaller is a teacher of American Sign Language affiliated with the World Federation of the Deaf and the founder of In the Name of Deaf Adults (NaDA).

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