The deaf

Have you ever watched the deaf sing? (Are we still allowed to call them deaf?) Their hand motions slow down and become very fluid, as if they’re conducting. Instead of their voices singing, it’s their hands that are singing. I love this idea of watching a language.

Recommended reading: Seeing Voices: A Journey Into the World of the Deaf by Oliver Sacks

2 Comments

  1. Sandra
    Posted Fri Jun 2 10:31:33 -0800 2006 |

    Hey Georgia,
    I peek in here every now and then - it's fun to read about the kids, their antics and cute ways. I had to comment on this entry you made, because I have loved ASL since my teen years! I agree with you 100% on the beauty and fluidity of the singing - it's quite different than regular signing just as vocal singing is from regular speech.

    I've known Tony Merritt for many years and he is one of the very best ASL signers I have seen that is a hearing person...he has a real gift. He did some informal ASL teaching years back when we were both at another congregation, and I enjoyed that a lot. I'd like to learn ASL someday - when I have the time to devote to all the practice it will require. :)

    Oh, and I read Sacks' book "Seeing Voices" a few months back when I was on an Oliver Sacks kick - he has several books that are really fascinating. This one was of particular interest to me since my oldest and best friend has one son who is hearing impaired and is in his last year of HS. I'm tickled that someone I know has actually also read this book! :)

    Enjoyed the post - I'll be back.

    -Sandra

  2. Georgia Choate
    Posted Fri Jun 2 12:33:46 -0800 2006 |

    Yes, Oliver Sacks has a plethera of fascinating stories in his experience. Seeing Voices is so full of interesting facts that I could sit and stare off thinking for 5 minutes after reading each page. The man could write another book on his footnotes alone. You're probably familiar with his others. The first one I read was The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. An Anthropologist on Mars is also very good. He is probably best known for the book turned movie Awakenings. If you or anyone you know has migraines, you might find Migraine a good book. It was too clinical for me, and by the time I picked it up, I had learned that my migraines were related to massive amounts of sugar and caffeine :) Glad I have readers here. It has helped me to try and write a blog a day!