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Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure by Joseph Hill

Dr. Joseph Hill (Specialized Education Services) is a co-author of the recent book, The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure  (Gallaudet University Press).   Many people are at least somewhat familiar with American Sign Language, but few are aware that, like any other language, sign language can have dialects and other variations. According to one review, this book and its companion DVD “present the first empirical study that begins to fill in the linguistic gaps about Black ASL.”

The separation of  black and white deaf children was a contributing factor to the development of distinct dialects of ASL.  This book is an important step in understanding how and why such divisions occur and the extent of their ramifications. The growing interest in multicultural education ensures that it will reach an interested audience.

Please see the UNCG website for an in-depth article about Dr. Hill and his book.

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