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3:10 Friday, October 26, 2001

Everyone Has a Right to Their Rights

When you really think about it, we're all in one of two categories: TABs (temporarily able-bodied) or disabled. Disabled people have struggled continuously to convince TABs that this difference should not result in a curtailment of their rights. The new book Disability Protests: Contentious Politics, 1970-1999 traces the growing political nature of these struggles, including the schisms among disability advocacies that cloud issues, such as between Deaf advocates and other disabled groups.

Sharon Barnartt, coauthor of Deaf President Now!, and Richard Scotch trace in Disability Protests thirty years of protests, organizations, and legislative victories within the deaf and disabled populations. They analyze what constitutes “contentious” politics and what distinguishes a sustained social movement. They also consider the pressing question of exactly who is “deaf enough” or “disabled enough” to adequately represent their constituencies. Read chapter two, Collective Consciousness and a Profile of Issues, and order Disability Protests: Contentious Politics, 1970-1999 at your exclusive subscriber rate of 20% off the regular price.

November 7-8, 2001, the dates for the international conference “Dictionaries and the Standardization of Languages,” are approaching fast. Simon Winchester, author of the bestselling book The Professor and the Madman, A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, will be the keynote speaker. Sponsored by the Gallaudet University Press Institute, the educational division of GUPress, the conference will be held in the Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center in Washington, D.C. For more information about the conference, go to Dictionaries.gallaudet.edu.

In its latest issue, the Journal Of Social Work Education featured Inner Lives of Deaf Children: Interviews and Analysis by Martha Sheridan. “While much attention has been focused on the educational development of deaf children, little time has been spent on the study of deaf children's self-concepts and social development. The author of this book seeks to correct this oversight with a series of interviews with deaf children between the ages of 7 and 10 using a consistent procedure. This procedure includes standardized questions, asking the child  to draw a picture based on his or her life and tell a story about it, and showing pictures clipped from a magazine and asking the child to describe what he or she sees. In addition to the sections on each child's interview, the author offers chapters that introduce the project and present analysis of the findings.” You can read more about Inner Lives of Deaf Children and place your order here.

Phyllis Perrin Wilcox's Metaphor in American Sign Language received a warm review from Disabilities Studies Quarterly (DSQ) in its Summer 2001 issue. “The discussion of ASL tropes (metaphor, simile, and metonymy - or using a part to represent a whole) is fascinating and makes the clearest account of the relationship between iconicity and metaphor I have seen,” writes Claire Ramsey of University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “Also, Wilcox enriches the ASL descriptions with reference to English and the structures it shares with ASL, those that ASL shares with other sign languages, and the meanings that are not shared among sign languages. For instance, English makes use of the metaphor understanding as grasping, as in ‘Do you get it?’ In ASL the verb GET means only the physical act of receiving so it cannot take the abstract metaphorical meaning. ASL, instead, uses the more complex structure ‘ideas in existence are straight’ one instance of which is the extended index finger in UNDERSTAND. Both Catalan and German Sign Languages use the grasping metaphor. Japanese and Cuban sign languages, like ASL, use the straight metaphor.” Read the complete review and an excerpt from chapter one and order Metaphor in American Sign Language.


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