The Other Side of Silence

Sign Language and the Deaf Community in America

First Edition

By Arden Neisser

Categories: Deaf Communities and Cultures, Deaf Studies
Imprint: Gallaudet University Press
Paperback : 9780930323646, 301 pages, March 1990
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Arden Neisser’s classic book on American Sign Language (ASL) and the Deaf community is again available, with a new prologue. The Other Side of Silence explores the Deaf community through telling interviews and research from across the country.

       In widely varying encounters, Neisser heard Deaf individuals recall how their teachers suppressed ASL, how linguists foster conflicting theories, and how various institutions of the deaf dilute ASL to suit hearing patrons. This seminal book reveals the warmth, creativity, and resilience of Deaf people, and offers an update of the community today.


Arden Neisser was a professional writer of nonfiction and fiction in Trumansburg, NY.