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 Instinc...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 k ...more
I’m sure many of us have wondered at one time or another what it would be like to be deaf or blind, and while the visually impaired usually receive more attention, this book focuses on what it is like to be hearing impaired in a world of sound, a world of language. When the author takes an interest in ASL (American Sign Language) and gets a job as a translator at a college in Los Angeles, she notices a Mexican man sitting in the corner watching everyone else but not participating in any wa ...more