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Signs and Wonders
Religious Rhetoric and the Preservation of Sign Language

Tracy Ann Morse

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From The Midwest Book Review

Signs and Wonders: Religious Rhetoric and the Preservation of Sign Language is recommended for any collection strong in Deaf community issues, and focuses on the role of religion in the development and history of the American Deaf community. It’s a semi-scholarly treatment that traces the frequent use of religious rhetoric by Deaf members to support sign language, and it analyzes Gallaudet’s use of religious references in his speeches and presentations, considers different religious perspectives of the manualist and oralist trains of thought surrounding sign language, and examines this rhetoric in churches and other places deaf people congregate. The result is an intriguing survey packed with insights on sign language’s underlying influences, especially recommended for college-level readers.

Tracy Ann Morse is an assistant professor and director of Composition/Writing Foundations in the Department of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

Print Edition: ISBN 978-1-56368-601-6, 6 x 9 paperback, 168 pages, 11 photographs


E-Book: ISBN 978-1-56368-602-3


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