EVERYONE HERE SPOKE SIGN LANGUAGE

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Harvard University Press, 1985 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 169 pages
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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.
 

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Review: Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary Deafness on Martha's Vineyard

User Review  - Chrissey - Goodreads

really interesting and very helpful for presentations i had to give at university. it's a great insight into the community that used to exist on Martha's Vineyard, but (un)fortunately this doesn't seem possible anymore. worth a read. Read full review

Review: Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary Deafness on Martha's Vineyard

User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

A bit more anthropological than I'd hoped. I was looking for a bit more storytelling, but it was still pretty fascinating. Read full review

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Page 154 - Education of Deaf Children: Evidence of Edward Miner Gallaudet and Alexander Graham Bell, presented to the Royal Commission of the United Kingdom on the Condition of the Blind, the Deaf and Dumb., etc . with accompanying Papers, Postscripts, and an Index. Edited by Joseph C. Gordon, Professor of Mathematics, etc., in the National College for the Deaf, Washington, USA'' The number of copies printed is limited.

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Nora Ellen Groce, a cultural and medical anthropologist, received her doctorate from Brown University. She is currently a Fellow at the Family Development Study, Children's Hospital, Boston, and in the Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School.

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