skifoot at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 31 01:05:25 UTC 2008
Wasn't the school which Gallaudet himself founded, the American School
for the Deaf (originally "Asylum" rather than School) in 1817? That
was well before the founding of Gallaudet University in the 1860s! The
American School is in Hartford Connecticut, and the method they used
there was the "methodical sign" used in the late 1700s by Abbe de
l'Epee in Paris - sort of a French-sign equivalent of Signed English.
That is, de L'Epee took the sign language used by 18th-century
Parisians, and then added his own invented signs to make it behave
more like spoken French ... Harlan Lane's book "When the mind hears"
has many, many details on this topic. I hope you can find and read a
copy of it!
Kim from Boston
On 10/30/08, Charles Butler <chazzer3332000 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> The only uses of sign language on a regular basis in the English speaking
> world prior to 1700 were the Benedictine Monastery schools. However,
> Gallaudet founded his school earlier than 1900 (the land grant for Gallaudet
> was during Abraham Lincoln's administration, so 1860s. In the 1840s and
> prior, you certainly have monastery sign language being used.
> Alison Jameson <qetal at verizon.net> wrote: I am looking for information on
> deaf education in the 1840s (or any time
> before the 1900s), specifically the methods used in teaching students
> who were profoundly deaf from birth to learn English (reading and
> writing). Thanks!
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