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...more
Although, I admire her for her patience and continuance to research "language-less" members of society.
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 ...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.
Turned out, my sixth-sense was right. This book is extraordinary.
Before picking this book up, I have met and seen a few deaf people, and have occasionally wondered what life was like without sound; however, I realised that I have never really thought about what a language less life would be like, something that is arguably ...more
RadioLab: “Words that Change the World.” A ten minute introduction to Ildefonso, a 27 year old deaf man who had never learned the concept of words, spoken or signed, and Susan Schaller, his younger American Sign Language teacher who set out to teach him. The story is moving and inspiring, a step outside of the cave of language, a ten minute introduction to the revelation that words are an invention and that they change who we are.
The book complements ...more
I had one minor and one more significant problem with this book. The first: it tends to be repetitive. The second probably arises from the way the book came to be written, and the crucial event ...more
Susan Schaller, either through inexperience or through ill-intent, taints this book with her morally gross view Ildefonso and her withholding of important information until the last few chapters.
This book is worth a read, if only to point you towards better works, but is way too biased to be taken seriously.
While working as a sign language translator Susan ...more