Tuesday, 5 June 2018

In a Word

I'm currently reading a book (I have about 3 on the go at present) called The Enigma if Reason, which is about how we reach conclusions as a result of rationalisation, or the lack of it.

This got me thinking about how people who have been deaf since birth perform tasks we take for granted, such as reading, when they have no 'language' to interpret written words on a page.

I did a bit of Googling and, whereas people who have normal hearing usually have an inner voice when reading, people who have been deaf since birth don't. They apparently read words as symbols (a bit like hieroglyphs) and then visualise the symbols in sign language. It's a fascinating concept.

Apparently there are over 200 variations of sign language around the world.

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