A Man Without Words
"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 itwhat 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 Inst...more
Some of the book is a little technical in nature which can bog you down in the middle part of the book, but understanding how not having language keeps a person in solitude and painful to read.
The author explains that any deaf ...more
While working as a sign language translator Susan ...more
The concept behind the story is fascinating. The author finds a 27-year-old man who hadn't ever learned a formal language. She discussed how she taught him language and the moment Ildefonso put everything together.
I had never considered that a child who was born deaf may never learn language unless there are community resources available to teach a sign language. (There is more than one sign language, btw. ASL is just one kind.) If a child is born deaf to hearing parents who don't k ...more
Amazing book. The true story of Ildefonso, from Mexico, who grew up "languageless" and deaf until he was 27. Susan Schaller worked with him for a few months, then moved away, and returned to find him again in CA seven years later. A skilled ASL signer/interpreter, she has dedicated much of her working life to advocacy and research with deaf adults, even forming a non-profit advocacy group with colleagues. Ildefonso's j ...more
Although, I admire her for her patience and continuance to research "language-less" members of society.
I had to read Schaller's book to get the full story. It was worth it, but I dare say the quality of the book is entirely in the 'this actually happened, this is a r ...more
I just finished writing a 3-page report on this so I'm not in the mood to do a review right now, but the drop in rating is mostly because of the author's disorganized structure and heavy-handed ("trying too hard to be profound") writing style.
I'll try to write a full review later.
But anyone who is at all interested in deafness, in language/linguistics, or human culture should definitely read this book.