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

ISBN-10: 067427041X
ISBN-13: 9780674270411
Edition: 1985 (Reprint)
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.50
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/15/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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.

Nora Ellen Groce is associate professor, Global Health Division, Yale School of Public Health.

""They Were Just Like Everyone Else""
The History of Martha's Vineyard
The Origins of Vineyard Deafness
The Genetics of Vineyard Deafness
The Island Adaptation to Deafness
Growing Up Deaf on the Vineyard
Deafness in Historical Perspective
""Those People Weren't Handicapped""
Oral and Written Sources
Perceived Causes of Vineyard Deafness
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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