Some functions and uses of literacy in the Deaf community

Autor/a: MAXWELL, Madeline
Año: 1985
Editorial: Language in Society. Vol. 2, Nº 14 (1985) pp. 205-221
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital




Differences in patterns of literacy can be understood in terms of communicative needs as governed by culturally learned notions about the appropriateness of a given communicative mode for a given social activity and by practicality as determined by biological structures and processes. It is through literacy that the deaf person can share in the linguistic experiences of the society at large, since written language is not distorted by the handicapped auditory sense. This study provides the first analysis of the ways writing is used among the deaf and between deaf and hearing communicators.