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Antonio Provolo: hero or villain?

D Shurman

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 4, issue 1, pages 69-69
Published in print January 1999 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online January 1999 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/4.1.69
Antonio Provolo: hero or villain?

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Antonio Provolo, of Verona Italy (1801-1842), was a priest who was 'inspired' to teach deaf children by giving them the gift of speech through music. Under the patronage of a wealthy noblewoman he set up a school in Verona where he taught 'deafmutes' to peak with normal intonation and rhythm and to sing. He was a gifted musician himself and used his skills and training to develop his brilliantly innovative techniques, which are briefly described in this article. But, like many dedicated innovators, he was a fanatic. To further his system, he insisted on banning any use of sign-and thus indirectly contributed to the banning of sign at the Milan Conference in 1880.

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