The Power of Deaf Poetry: the exhibition of literacy and the Nineteenth-Century sign language debates

Autor/a: ESMAIL, Jennifer
Año: 2008
Editorial: Sign Language Studies 8:4 (2008) pp. 348-368
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Historia, Arte y Cultura, Lingüística, Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


In 1886, at the height of the nineteenth-century sign language debates in Europe and North America, Edward Miner Gallaudet, a leading figure in American deaf education, was called before the British Royal Commission on the Blind and the Deafand Dumb. His goal was to defend the use of signed languages in deaf education and the wider deaf community.

The commissioners were charged with investigating the best ways to educate both deafand blind children in government-funded schools. This mandate included settlingthe controversy over which of the competing systems of deaf education—oralism, manualism, or a combined system— would be best for the deafstudents and the nation.