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A Man Without Words

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Book News Annotation:

From 1906 to 1975, photographer Peter A. Juley and his son Paul pursued a specialized craft in their studios in New York City: photographing fine artists and their work. They were consummate professionals, combining artistry, sensitivity, and technical expertise. Their collected work, now owned by the Smithsonian Institution, numbers approximately 127,000 photographs representing the works of some 11,000 artists. This volume contains 213 of their portraits of artists, presented with an introductory essay and captions.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A Man Without Words is a beautiful and meticulous study of this languageless man, Ildefonso, and of Schaller's patient, dedicated, and brilliantly conceived efforts to make contact with him and to introduce him to language.

Synopsis:

"At the level of sheer pleasure in reading, A Man without Words is as gripping as a novel, eliciting great sympathy for both protagonist and author. . . . The question that drives it—what is it like to be without language?—should be of interest to any reflective person, and it is one of the great scientific questions of all time."—Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct

About the Author

Susan Schaller is a teacher of American Sign Language affiliated with the World Federation of the Deaf and the founder of In the Name of Deaf Adults (NaDA).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520202658
Foreword:
Sacks, Oliver W.
Author:
Sacks, Oliver W.
Foreword by:
Sacks, Oliver W.
Foreword:
Sacks, Oliver W.
Author:
Schaller, Susan
Author:
Sacks, Oliver
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Sign Language
Subject:
Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Deaf
Subject:
Means of communication
Subject:
Mexicans
Subject:
Deaf -- Means of communication.
Subject:
Deaf -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Foreign Languages-American Sign Language
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 7
Publication Date:
19950829
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
210
Dimensions:
9 x 5.75 x 0.5 in 9 oz

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Education » General
History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
Languages » Deaf Studies » Deaf Culture
Languages » Deaf Studies » Sign Language

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Product details 210 pages University of California Press - English 9780520202658 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A Man Without Words is a beautiful and meticulous study of this languageless man, Ildefonso, and of Schaller's patient, dedicated, and brilliantly conceived efforts to make contact with him and to introduce him to language.
"Synopsis" by ,
"At the level of sheer pleasure in reading, A Man without Words is as gripping as a novel, eliciting great sympathy for both protagonist and author. . . . The question that drives it—what is it like to be without language?—should be of interest to any reflective person, and it is one of the great scientific questions of all time."—Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct
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