by Cath Smith - £10.99 Souvenir Press (1992)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780285651005 | ISBN 10: 0285651005
Intended as a companion volume to the author's hugely successful Signs Make Sense, a guide to the principles of British Sign Language (BSL), Sign In Sight is the culmination of a Deaf and hearing working partnership. Its aim is to bridge the crucial gap between the Deaf World and hearing society.
More and more people are attending classes in BSL, anxious to learn this rich and varied language so unlike spoken English. However, no full communication with the Deaf Community is possible for people without some knowledge and understanding of the culture and society which flourishes, unseen, in the midst of the hearing world.
Sign In Sight provides insights into the Deaf World: it helps us comprehend Deaf people's perceptions, values, and totally different way of looking at things, based on experiences that are unique to them. It enables us to see what it means to be deaf in a hearing society, and introduces us to some of the interests, preoccupations, and social groups within the Deaf Community. The planning of the book, with juxtaposed signs and textual information, highlights the essential differences while at the same time illuminating a world of visually based communication and thought processes.
For those learning BSL, Sign In Sight combines with Signs Make Sense and the author's third book Sign Language Companion, to encourage closer links between the hearing and Deaf communities at all levels. It will also prove invaluble to families with young deaf children, enabling them to prepare their son or daughter for life in both the Deaf and hearing worlds.
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