A Man Without Words
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jellyfishjones - LibraryThing
This is a short but powerful read. It manages to be very accessible while tackling a subject of no less magnitude than the nature of human language and the possibility of being human without it. It ... Read full review
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"What would life be like,'' wonders Oliver Sacks in his foreword to this intriguing story, "for a languageless man,'' a human being "deprived of what all the rest of us take for granted, deprived of ... Read full review
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Language in Cognitive Development: The Emergence of the Mediated Mind
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