Talking Hands

Talking Hands

What Sign Language Reveals About the Mind

Book - 2007
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"The house is a Babel tonight. There are snatches of English. There is Hebrew. There is a great deal of Arabic. But in the illuminated room, it is the other languages that catch the eye. They are signed languages, the languages of the deaf. As night engulfs the surrounding desert and the cameraman's lights throw up huge, signing shadows, it looks as though language itself has become animate, as conversations play out in grand silhouette on the whitewashed walls. "There are three signed languages going. There is American Sign Language, used by one of the visitors, a deaf linguist from California. There is Israeli Sign Language, the language of the deaf in that country. And there is a third language, the one the linguists have journeyed here to see: a signed language spoken in this village and nowhere else in the world." Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2007.
ISBN: 9780743247122
Branch Call Number: 419
Characteristics: viii, 354 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Jan 11, 2014

Fascinating information re creation of languages.

Oct 24, 2013

A wonderful book. Read it if you have any interest in linguistics, or in sign language by both deaf and hearing people, or in any of the peoples of the Middle East. I'd never have thought I would read with pleasure a non-fiction book that takes place in that beleaguered part of the world, but this is the one. Margalit Fox is, in my opinion, a writer of genius, and you come to care about every person in her book. My inability to praise it highly enough is due to my own lack of skill, not to her writing.


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