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Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf
Monday, August 30, 2004

I'm halfway through the abridged version of Oliver Sacks book on tape. It is wonderful: interesting, thought provoking, and challenging. The historical details are fascinating enough all by themselves but Sacks also delivers his potent blend of science and psychology. Of particular interest to me is a fact that I knew but had never really considered: American Sign Language (ASL) is a complete language embedded in two-dimensional space. It therefore makes use of a grammar whose surface structure differs radically from that of spoken languages. I'm not sure how many computer scientists and the like have ever looked at it deeply but it seems to me that it might be an area ripe for deeper investigation.


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