Gallaudet University Press

5:1 Tuesday, January 21, 2003

CHOICE Awards the
Best of the Best

Two of Gallaudet University Presss titles, Cochlear Implants in Children: Ethics and Choices by John B. Christiansen and Irene W. Leigh and Language in Hand: Why Sign Came Before Speech by the late William C. Stokoe, were selected by CHOICE magazine for inclusion in its 39th annual Outstanding Academic Title list. These outstanding titles have been selected for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as important—often the first—treatment of their subject, applauds Irving E. Rockwood, Editor and Publisher of CHOICE magazine, ...truly the best of the best’.” Read the reviews of Cochlear Implants in Children and Language in Hand. Take advantage of your exclusive subscriber discount and order both today.

Past CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title winners include Cynthia Peters Deaf American Literature: From Carnival to the Canon, Special Education in the 21st Century: Issues of Inclusion and Reform edited by Margret A. Winzer and Kas Mazurek, David F. Armstrongs Original Signs: Gesture, Sign, and the Sources of Language, and The Deaf Way: Perspectives from the International Conference on Deaf Culture edited by Carol J. Erting, Robert C. Johnson, Dorothy L. Smith, and Bruce D. Snider.

About Deaf American Literature CHOICE writes, Peters has produced a truly seminal work of tremendous value to a variety of readers outside the Deaf community itself: sociologists, linguists, and those in the comparative literature field.” Of Special Education, CHOICE exclaims, “Beautifully written...the volume is to be commended because it is readable, thought-provoking, and offers material appropriate for those interested in the future of special education. Original Signs also garnered notice from CHOICE: Armstrongs historical analysis illustrates how the politics of social attitude has influenced scientific views about such questions as whether or not a signed language can be a real language in its own right...provid(es) insight into basic questions about the nature and evolution of language as a multimodal phenomenon–audio and visual in its essence. The Deaf Way documents an extraordinary moment in Americas history when more than 6,000 deaf people from around the world met at Gallaudet University to celebrate Deaf culture. CHOICE praises: This compilation of presentations...provides the most comprehensive international perspective on deaf culture to date.

Progress in Sign Language Research: In Honor of Siegmund Prillwitz is the latest edition to be added to the Signum Verlag series. To celebrate the 60th birthday of Siegmund Prillwitz, founder of the Institute for German Sign Language at Hamburg University, and to honor his thirty years of commitment to the field of sign language research, sixteen renowned researchers and research teams from all over the world have published Progress in Sign Language Research. The contributions cover topics about the history of sign language communities, linguistic analyses in sign language research, and insights from education and training. Reflecting the authors countries of origin, the papers relate to several European and non-European sign languages, and in many cases even compare languages. Read the preface to Progress in Sign Language Research and order your copy.

The early bird registration deadline for the international conference “Genetics, Disability, and Deafness” on April 2-4, 2003, is steadily approaching. Register on-line for this seminal conference about the latest concepts in genetics as they relate to disability and deafness by February 1, 2003, and receive a 10% discount.

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