Combines an exploration of how sign langages operate with an exploration of social issues confronting the deaf today.
Deaf around the World is a compendium of work by scholars and activists on the creation, context, and form of sign languages, and on the social issues and civil rights of Deaf communities. Renowned contributors such as James Woodward, Yerker Andersson, and Paddy Ladd offer new histories and overviews of major topics. Each chapter is followed by a response from a pre-eminent thinker in the field. The volume includes studies of sign languages and Deafcommunities in Australia, Brazil, Britain, China, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Myanmar, Nicaragua, South Africa, Southeast Asia, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; INTRODUCTIONSIGNING ANN SENGHAS AND MARIE COPPOLA; 4 RESPONSE: A POINT WELL TAKEN: ON THE LANGUAGE SANDRA K. WOOD; 5 RESPONSE: A CRITICAL PERIOD FOR THE ACQUISITION OF BAN KHOR SIGN LANGUAGE: A PRELIMINARY DESCRIPTION ANGELA M. NONAKA; 6 RESPONSE: VILLAGE SIGN LANGUAGES - A COMMENTARY ULRIKE ZESHAN; 7: SIGN LANGUAGE ORIGINS? ADAM KENDON; 8: BEST PRACTICE FOR COLLABORATING WITH DEAF RESPONSE: DEAF MOBILIZATION AROUND THE WORLD: A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE YERKER ANDERSSON; 9: HIV/AIDS AND THE DEAF COMMUNITY: A CONVERSATION LEILA MONAGHAN A CONVERSATION JOHN MELETSE AND RUTH MORGAN; 10: THE LANGUAGE POLITICS OF JAPANESE SIGN LANGUAGE (NIHON SHUWA) KAREN NAKAMURA; 10 RESPONSE: M. VASISHTA; 12: DO DEAF CHILDREN EAT DEAF CARROTS? PAUL SCOTT; 12 FIRST RESPONSE: "WE'RE THE SAME, I'M DEAF, YOU'RE DEAF, HUH!" DONNA WEST