- Title Pages
- Chapter 1 Sign Language Geography
- Chapter 1 Response Some Observations on Research Methodology in Lexicostatistical Studies of Sign Languages
- Chapter 2 Two Types of Nonconcatenative Morphology in Signed Languages
- Chapter 2 Response Some Observations on Form-Meaning Correspondences in Two Types of Verbs in ASL
- Chapter 3 Sources of Handshape Error in First-Time Signers of ASL
- Chapter 3 Response Modality and Language in the Second Language Acquisition of American Sign Language
- Chapter 4 Getting to the Point
- Chapter 4 Response A Point Well Taken
- Chapter 5 Acquisition of Topicalization in Very Late Learners of Libras
- Chapter 5 Response A Critical Period for the Acquisition of a Theory of Mind?
- Chapter 6 Interrogatives in Ban Khor Sign Language
- Chapter 6 Response Village Sign Languages
- Chapter 7 Sign Language Humor, Human Singularities, and the Origins of Language
- Chapter 7 Response Gesture First or Speech First in Language Origins?
- Chapter 8 Best Practices for Collaborating with Deaf Communities in Developing Countries
- Chapter 8 Response Deaf Mobilization around the World
- Chapter 9 HIV/AIDS and the Deaf Community
- Chapter 9 Response HIV/AIDS and Deaf Communities in South Africa
- Chapter 10 The Language Politics of Japanese Sign Language (Nihon Shuwa)
- Chapter 10 Response Pluralization
- Chapter 11 Social Situations and the Education of Deaf Children in China
- Chapter 11 Response Social Situations and the Education of Deaf Children in India
- Chapter 12 Do Deaf Children Eat Deaf Carrots?
- Chapter 12 First Response “We’re the Same, I’m Deaf, You’re Deaf, Huh!”
- Chapter 12 Second Response Deafhood and Deaf Educators
Why Go around the Deaf World?
- (p.3) Introduction
- Deaf around the World
Donna Jo Napoli
- Oxford University Press
This introduction is an overview of the book’s goals, with a brief summary of each chapter. The book followed an eponymous conference at Swarthmore College in 2008 at which activists and scholars in deaf matters exchanged ideas. The major thesis is that the interaction of activists and scholars is synergistic: activists find support in the work of scholars and scholars both have a responsibility toward the community they study and do better work when they understand activists’ concerns. The first part of the book is on the creation, context, and form of sign languages; the second, on social issues of Deaf communities. The global picture that emerges shows great similarity and continuity in the Deaf World.
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