[lit-ideas] Re: "Rejecting" deafness

  • From: Carol Kirschenbaum <carolkir@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2006 23:40:01 -0700

> There's some fairly nasty ignorance running around on the issue of 
> "rejecting" deafness.

Has anyone been following the Gallaudet U. oral/signing controversy, re 
rejecting deafness?

Related...There's a very good, relatively recent documentary about Deaf 
Culture, with a focus on cochlear implants (considered by some to be the 
ultimate rejection of deafness). I'm not sure of the film's name...Is it 
_Sound and Fury_? Maybe _Soundings_? Come on, what's the name? I recommended 
it here once before.

A note on ASL: Learning how to read any language is difficult, apparently, 
if one relies on ASL, or some other signing language, to the exclusion of 
lip-reading (oralism). ASL is more of an affective than a cognitive 
language; it's closer to a "whole language" than one with Indo-European 
roots. (Ever watch a translating signer carefully? It's not unlike miming, 
or acting.) But without the automatic subject-verb-object connection, 
reading is a bear.



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