Deafness, Gesture and Sign Language in the 18th Century French Philosophy

Josef Fulka | Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
ISBN 9789027205032 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027261489 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
The book represents a historical overview of the way the topic of gesture and sign language has been treated in the 18th century French philosophy. The texts treated are grouped into several categories based on the view they present of deafness and gesture. While some of those texts obviously view deafness and sign language in negative terms, i.e. as deficiency, others present deafness essentially as difference, i.e. as a set of competences that might provide some insights into how spoken language works. One of the arguments of the book is that these two views of deafness and sign language still represent two dominant paradigms present in the current debates on the issue. The aim of the book, therefore, is not only to provide a historical overview but to trace what might be called a “history of the present”.
[Gesture Studies, 8]  2020.  vii, 166 pp.
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BIC Subject: CFZ – Sign languages, Braille & other linguistic communication
BISAC Subject: LAN017000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Sign Language
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019055547 | Marc record