EVERYONE HERE SPOKE SIGN LANGUAGE

Front Cover
Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 184 pages
1 Review
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.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - BohemianCyborg - LibraryThing

The title of this book was misleading. I say that because it made me think that it was going to be a book full of anecdotal stories about deaf people on Martha's Vineyard and what life was like for ... Read full review

Contents

1They Were Just Like Everyone Else
1
2 The History of Marthas Vineyard
12
3 The Origins of Vineyard Deafness
21
4 The Genetics of Vineyard Deafness
36
5 The Island Adaptation to Deafness
50
6 Growing Up Deaf on the Vineyard
75
7 Deafness in Historical Perspective
98
8 Those People Werent Handicapped
106
Appendix A Oral and Written Sources
113
Appendix B Perceived Causes of Vineyard Deafness
118
Notes
125
Bibliography
147
Index
165
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Nora Ellen Groce is associate professor, Global Health Division, Yale School of Public Health.

Bibliographic information