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Do Deaf Children Eat Deaf Carrots?

Paul Scott

in Deaf around the World

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732548
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866359 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0023
Do Deaf Children Eat Deaf Carrots?

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The author of this chapter works as exactly the sort of social, cultural and language role model that deaf children need, as argued in previous chapters. He describes methods in teaching deaf children how to be Deaf. Part of the work is teaching British Sign Language, focusing particularly on characteristics typical of sign languages but not of speech, such as the use of space in locating participants in an event. Another part is introducing them to Deaf culture. Children need to understand that experiences they may have had are typical of deaf people and, as such, make them part of the community. And, finally, the author educates them about deaf history and famous deaf people, to instill in them pride in their cultural heritage.

Keywords: Deaf activism; deaf rights; sign language linguistics; British Sign Language; Deaf culture; Deaf pride; Deaf identity

Chapter.  2031 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Language Teaching and Learning

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