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300-Year-Old Manual Reveals Early Attempts to Teach Deaf to Speak

 
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300-Year-Old Manual Reveals Early Attempts to Teach Deaf to Speak
A 300-year-old, leather-bound instruction manual contains some of the earliest examples of attempts to teach the deaf to communicate.

The manual belonged to Alexander Popham, a deaf teenager from a noble English family who was taught to speak in the 1660s. The leather-bound notebook was discovered in 2008 at a stately English manor called Littlecote House.

The finding suggests that one of the boy's tutors, John Wallis, was a few hundred years ahead of his time in understanding that deaf people needed their own language to communicate, said linguist David Cram of the University of Oxford.

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Re: 300-Year-Old Manual Reveals Early Attempts to Teach Deaf to Speak
WA...WA....W-A-T-E-R!
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it shouldnt take much of a brain to realize that deaf people need to use body language for communication.
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Re: 300-Year-Old Manual Reveals Early Attempts to Teach Deaf to Speak
WA...WA....W-A-T-E-R!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11330901

What it Means is a collaborative, educational effort designed to help the public better understand
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WA...WA....W-A-T-E-R!
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What it Means is a collaborative, educational effort designed to help the public better understand
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Well then it failed as it went unknown by the public until a few years ago.
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it shouldnt take much of a brain to realize that deaf people need to use body language for communication.
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One of the earliest written records of a sign language occurred in the fifth century BC, in Plato's Cratylus, where Socrates says: "If we hadn't a voice or a tongue, and wanted to express things to one another, wouldn't we try to make signs by moving our hands, head, and the rest of our body, just as dumb people do at present?" It seems that groups of deaf people have used sign languages throughout history. [link to en.wikipedia.org]
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Re: 300-Year-Old Manual Reveals Early Attempts to Teach Deaf to Speak
more interesting would be all the pagan books that got burnt.