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The Other Side of Silence: Sign Language and the Deaf Community in America

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Arden Neisser's classic on American Sign Language (ASL) is again available, with a new prologue. The Other Side of Silence chronicles the culture and issues of the Deaf community through telling interviews and research from across the country. In widely varying encounters, Neisser heard Deaf individuals recall how teachers suppressed the use of ASL in the school, how lingu ...more
Paperback, 301 pages
Published March 1st 1990 by Gallaudet University Press (first published October 12th 1983)
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Jenny
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've been interested in Deaf culture since I took a course as an undergraduate called "Deaf Culture and Heritage." I bought this book for that class, but we only read selections. I don't know why it's taken me this long to finish it (the course being about eight years ago now!), but I'm so glad that I finally did.
Neisser clearly spent a lot of time researching for this book. She read tons of material, interviewed many people, and looked into legislation regarding the deaf and the handicapped. S
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Joanna
Jan 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book despite quite heavy content in some places. Some of the information/references that Deaf people "use" is out of date, but then again, this book if from the '80s timeframe. LOTS of interesting research done both by the author and by those with whom the author spoke. Kind of jealous author had opportunity to speak with so many influential people and had the chance to expose herself to so many Deaf experiences.

Overall: great read. Wouldn't classify it as a "fun" book, except if
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Jessica
Dec 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sign-language
I enjoyed this because it offered great insights into the deaf community.
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Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
FASCINATING! Interesting, thought provoking, neat points of view presented
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