Download ➻ Talking Hands Author Margalit Fox – Loanexpress.us

Talking Hands Imagine A Village Where Everyone Speaks Sign Language Just Such A Village An Isolated Bedouin Community In Israel With An Unusually High Rate Of Deafness Is At The Heart Of Talking Hands What Sign Language Reveals About The Mind There, An Indigenous Sign Language Has Sprung Up, Used By Deaf And Hearing Villagers Alike It Is A Language No Outsider Has Been Able To Decode, Until NowA New York Times Reporter Trained As A Linguist, Margalit Fox Is The Only Western Journalist To Have Set Foot In This Remarkable Village In Talking Hands, She Follows An International Team Of Scientists That Is Unraveling This Mysterious LanguageBecause The Sign Language Of The Village Has Arisen Completely On Its Own, Outside The Influence Of Any Other Language, It Is A Living Demonstration Of The Language Instinct, Man S Inborn Capacity To Create Language If The Researchers Can Decode This Language, They Will Have Helped Isolate Ingredients Essential To All Human Language, Signed And Spoken But As Talking Hands Grippingly Shows, Their Work In The Village Is Also A Race Against Time, Because The Unique Language Of The Village May Already Be Endangered Talking Hands Offers A Fascinating Introduction To The Signed Languages Of The World Languages As Beautiful, Vital And Emphatically Human As Any Other Explaining Why They Are Now Furnishing Cognitive Scientists With Long Sought Keys To Understanding How Language Works In The MindWritten In Lyrical, Accessible Prose, Talking Hands Will Captivate Anyone Interested In Language, The Human Mind And Journeys To Exotic Places

Download ➻ Talking Hands  Author Margalit Fox – Loanexpress.us
  • Hardcover
  • 354 pages
  • Talking Hands
  • Margalit Fox
  • English
  • 10 July 2017
  • 0743247124

    10 thoughts on “Download ➻ Talking Hands Author Margalit Fox – Loanexpress.us


  1. says:

    Talking Hands is in part the story of the development of sign languages around the world, and in part an exploration of the development of language and how that might have occurred in human history The little Bedouin settlement which is the main case study is a place where a sign language has arisen independently of other sign languages, and its development has mirrored that of the development of spoken languages in ways which may reveal important things about the way the human brain handles la Talking Hands is in part the story of the development of sign languages around the world, and in part an exploration of the development of language and how that might have occurred in human history The little Bedouin settlement which is the main case study is a place where a sign language has arisen independently of other sign languages, and its development has mirrored that of the development of spoken languages in ways which may reveal important things about the way the human brain handles language.Most of the neurological stuff wasn t new to me, and it s definitely on a level any reader can appreciate it doesn t go into massively technical terms, or dissect vast case studies about the way injuries affect the brain, etc The historical context of sign language and how people treated deaf and dumb people in the past was newer for me I wasn t aware, for example, that for ages people even deaf people considered sign language inferior because it lacked the sort of grammar people recognised It was even suppressed in favour of cumbersome sign language which followed word for word the pattern of spoken language, ignoring the potential for a spatial grammar.Margalit Fox comes across as a science writer rather than a scientist, making the book very accessible either on its own, or as a complement toin depth works about language like Steven Pinker s I didn t find it as fascinating as her book on decrypting Linear B, but her writing is clear and concisely informative, and I enjoyed reading the book I wasn t always sure about the way she characterised actual people I wouldn t find some of those descriptions very flattering respectful but she did write it with the approval and help of the team working in the Bedouin village, according to her introduction, and it s never disrespectful about disability or intelligence.Originally posted here


  2. says:

    Behind the bleak, brown cover of Talking Hands is a book brimming with color and information Similarly, a relatively new language a signed language that is unlike any other has been blossoming for the last seventy years amidst the sand in al Sayyid, a Bedouin village in the Negev desert of southern Israel In this village of approximately 3,500 a genetic form of deafness has been thriving as a result of frequent intermarriage Today, about 150 villagers are deaf, but these people do not l Behind the bleak, brown cover of Talking Hands is a book brimming with color and information Similarly, a relatively new language a signed language that is unlike any other has been blossoming for the last seventy years amidst the sand in al Sayyid, a Bedouin village in the Negev desert of southern Israel In this village of approximately 3,500 a genetic form of deafness has been thriving as a result of frequent intermarriage Today, about 150 villagers are deaf, but these people do not live isolated, marginalized lives, a common fate for deaf people throughout history Rather they are fully functioning members of their society and they owe much of this freedom to al Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language ASBL , a language that sprang up about seventy years ago when ten deaf villagers were brought together and consequently formed a simple contact pidgin This language was presumably very simple, virtually without grammar, an amalgam of gestures and signs, mostly nouns, thrown haphazardly together though we will never be certain all ten first generation signers are dead The second generation, however, were the real magic makers, morphing their parent s grammarless gestures, somehow, into a simple, yet fully functioning language Today, the members of this second generation are in their thirties and forties, raising the third generation of signers, who range from infancy to young adulthood Not only the deaf children but also a large percentage of their hearing brothers and sisters, learn ABSL as a first language So, unwittingly, these villagers have create a world that many deaf people have pined for, where deaf people are on the same level as hearing people and no one is singled out because of their deafness.This village, as it turns out, offers a fascinating, even tantalizing opportunity for linguistics At least as long ago as Noam Chomsky many linguists have been lusting after something, a thought experiment so taboo that it has come to be known as the Forbidden Experiment essentially, put a bunch of kids together, with no linguistic input save for perhaps a few basic words and see what they make This could help answer many important questions, chief among them, How are languages formed , What are newborn languages alike , and Just how fundamentally similar are languages Al Sayyid has offered a natural opportunity to answer those questions without the risk of forming a roving pack of feral children.This book is the product of Margalit Fox, a New York Times reporter who, in 2004, decided to shadow a group of four linguists as they went on a research trip to al Sayyid The linguists tools were basic just a laptop computer that showed a series of pictures and some video, designed to elicit basic vocabulary and syntax respectively but the data they collect will surely keep them busy for the rest of their careers After the first chapter, In the Village of the Deaf, Fox spends the next chapter discussing sign language in general In the following chapters she follows the same pattern, alternating between discussing ASBL in particular and signed language in general.ABSL is of great interest to many academic disciplines and Fox at least touches on all anthropology, psychology, genetics, physiology, and of course the many aspects of linguistics In her attempt at revealing ABSL Fox discusses the results of so many scientific studies, drops so many interesting tidbits she can t help but make her readers all a bit brighter And I couldn t help but write a blog post about some of them Already I see this review as rather wordy,didactic than critical it is all Mrs Fox s doing.Really, this is a great book for anyone you need not know anything about sign language or even language in general It is a colorful, fact filled book that never made me want to skim With this in mind, and with the relative popularity of language books in the present day, I can only wonder why this book has not foundof an audience


  3. says:

    Ughhh oh my word, this is such a boring book This just needs to be made into a documentary if it hasn t been already and let that be good enough Dry, dry, dry This book is a minute by agonizing minute account of a trip to a remote village where lots of deaf people reside and have their own sign language Also lots of textbook style discussion of linguistics Giving 2 stars for the concept alone and for some interesting parts about language development studies.


  4. says:

    Among the most thorough overviews of ASL and signed languages in general The book blurb focuses on the Deaf colony in Bedouin, but Fox focuses the majority of the book on historical and linguistic backgrounds of Sign Since most of the research nowadays focus on ASL, the book is fairly ASL centric which was fine by me since I was interested in ASL specifically, but might turn off some readers Nevertheless, Fox does a stupendous job of combing the very complicated history of signed langauge Among the most thorough overviews of ASL and signed languages in general The book blurb focuses on the Deaf colony in Bedouin, but Fox focuses the majority of the book on historical and linguistic backgrounds of Sign Since most of the research nowadays focus on ASL, the book is fairly ASL centric which was fine by me since I was interested in ASL specifically, but might turn off some readers Nevertheless, Fox does a stupendous job of combing the very complicated history of signed langauges, particularly ASL, which is full of pedagogical biases of differen times in history, and seamelssly incorporating linguistic theory Her prose manages to be accessible, yet detailed and accurate That s not an easy feat when you have to combine Noam Chomsky, obscure linguistic research, and oralism Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in signed langauges in general or ASL specifically


  5. says:

    This is a fantastically accessible book for anyone interested in the history of American Sign Language, signed languages, and to a lesser extent, languages in general.Personally, I was primarily interested in the history of ASL and it s struggle to be accepted as a real language So I was pleased that the author did an excellent job of balancing the history of ASL with the relatively recent discovery of an isolated signed language in a remote Bedouin village Additionally, she was able to use This is a fantastically accessible book for anyone interested in the history of American Sign Language, signed languages, and to a lesser extent, languages in general.Personally, I was primarily interested in the history of ASL and it s struggle to be accepted as a real language So I was pleased that the author did an excellent job of balancing the history of ASL with the relatively recent discovery of an isolated signed language in a remote Bedouin village Additionally, she was able to use the ASL history sections to demonstrate why the linguists were so excited to observe and document the spontaneously created Bedouin sign language This also underscored nicely the implications that, that nascent language holds for the understanding of human language acquisition in general.The only quibbles I had about the book were mostly minor The author choose to bypass the whole Deaf vs deaf distinction decided to use deaf throughout She reasoned that since the Bedouin community is largely a signing village regardless of audiological status they really don t have a distinct Deaf culture true enough However, that s not accurate in the US where there is a really is a Deaf culture Nonetheless she continued to use deaf throughout Second, as a hearing ASL user I ve read many glosses of ASL English But the style used in the book was a little strange that lead to re reading those spots 3 4 times Like I said, minor quibbles


  6. says:

    This book has interesting data and a lovely human story, so much to recommend, but if I wasn t a current student of ASL, it would never have been finished The author has a slow way of making her point with not quite enough examples and a pace that crawls Every once in a while, she entertains brilliantly, as in this early quote Speaking about linguists in the early part of the development of their science, she describes them Looking back, one can almost imagine them stalking through the wild This book has interesting data and a lovely human story, so much to recommend, but if I wasn t a current student of ASL, it would never have been finished The author has a slow way of making her point with not quite enough examples and a pace that crawls Every once in a while, she entertains brilliantly, as in this early quote Speaking about linguists in the early part of the development of their science, she describes them Looking back, one can almost imagine them stalking through the wild with specimen bottles and outsize nets, in determined pursuit of the Ojibwa adverb or the Cherokee pronoun In it s favour and maybe this part of the review should have been first I must say that this book became an essential part of my ASL education A year and a half in with one year left, my teacher has been slowly introducing us to the properties of ASL that make it it s own language, separate and unique, from English But as a hearing person, it is difficult to turn my understanding of language upside down And honestly, I thought she was just being picky Until this book, I was trying to copy and emulate each lesson, but it wasn t sinking in Now the word order, the verb agreement, the extra pronouns, facial expressions, Wh words at the end of the sentence, the fact that I should throw English and my voice out as I walk in the door make sense to my hearing addled brain My teacher and deaf co workers have both commented on the recent improvement in my signing Thanks so much, Marg


  7. says:

    Excellent book Even with my minimal ASL and layman s interest in linguistics I just could not put this book down I enjoyed every page It is both history and ethnographic studies and linguists A fascinating look at how we communicate and what it means to have the ability to communicate, whether that is with our voice, our hands or some other medium As humans we need to, we have to, we want to and we like to communicate with one and other A wonderful book Margalit Fox does a wonderful job i Excellent book Even with my minimal ASL and layman s interest in linguistics I just could not put this book down I enjoyed every page It is both history and ethnographic studies and linguists A fascinating look at how we communicate and what it means to have the ability to communicate, whether that is with our voice, our hands or some other medium As humans we need to, we have to, we want to and we like to communicate with one and other A wonderful book Margalit Fox does a wonderful job in conveying the depth, history and sometimes controversial aspects of oral language vs signed language


  8. says:

    I was led to this book after having read Fox s book, The Riddle of the Labyrinth Talking Hands, while apparently written to a general audience why else devote so much text to the history of ASL and linguistic terminology , is best appreciated by those withthan a nodding acquaintance with linguistics and or a strong interest in sign language I found it quite interesting for the most part, but eventually it became muchthan I wanted to know as a someone merely curious.


  9. says:

    A fascinating book, for linguists and non linguists alike Alternating chapters on the development of linguistic theory and interviews with the Al Sayyid keep this book from being too dry Well written and concise enough that anyone can enjoy it, but full of tidbits that appeal to ainvested linguistic crowd too.


  10. says:

    The fact that I have now read all of the linguistic books written by Margalit Fox is a little sad She is a complete master In Talking Hands, Fox manages to ingratiate herself into a sign language linguistic group studying Al Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language ABSL Her depictions of Bedouin life in Al Sayyid are, in and of themselves, worthy of a book But Fox chooses to use alternate chapters to explore the history of signed languages and sign language linguistics Her writing is never obtuse, bu The fact that I have now read all of the linguistic books written by Margalit Fox is a little sad She is a complete master In Talking Hands, Fox manages to ingratiate herself into a sign language linguistic group studying Al Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language ABSL Her depictions of Bedouin life in Al Sayyid are, in and of themselves, worthy of a book But Fox chooses to use alternate chapters to explore the history of signed languages and sign language linguistics Her writing is never obtuse, but she manages to godeeply into the subject than I thought possible in a book for the layreader I had always known that ASL is a true language and not English, through working with Deaf activists, but I never really had insight into what that meant Fox exhaustively presents the evidence that ASL is a language and ABSL and ISL and dozens of other sign languages and then expands into exploring the consistent phenotypes between sign languages they all have three types of verbs agreeing verbs, moving verbs and plain verbs They all have symmetry in their movements if both hands are used They all constrain hand shapes She then takes the whole thing a step further to explain what the study of sign languages in general, and village signs in specific, mean to our understanding about language She talks about Chomsky and the discovery of language as an innate human skill, that will inevitably develop She talks about the maturation of language over time did you know that different languages have variable numbers of colors identifiable And that, for instance, if there are three color words they will always mean white, black and red Fox is scientifically thorough and thoroughly entertaining I learned so much from this book and enjoyed every minute

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *