The College of Humanities and Social Sciences Linguistics Department
& the Cognitive Science Minor are pleased to
announce an evening with Margalit Fox,
Times writer and author
of Talking Hands.
The narrative of Talking Hands takes readers to a place like
nowhere else on earth: the village of Al-Sayyid, a remote Bedouin community in Israel where
everyone "speaks” sign language. There, as the result of an unusually high
incidence of hereditary deafness, an indigenous sign language has sprung up
entirely on its own, used by deaf and hearing villagers alike. At every hour of
the day, in nearly every house in the village, in the fields and in the mosque,
there are people talking in sign. A veritable island of the deaf, Al-Sayyid is
a place that few outsiders have ever seen, and that no journalist has ever
before reported on.
Until now, no one has attempted to decode the mysterious sign language of
the village. Talking Hands follows an international team of scientists,
two from America and two
as they set out to decipher this remarkable language. Because the sign language
of Al-Sayyid has arisen completely on its own, outside the influence of any
other language, it offers a living demonstration of the “language instinct,”
man’s inborn capacity to create language from thin air.
Talking Hands will be for sale at the event and Ms. Fox will be
available for a box signing.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
7:30 p.m, Brantl Lecture Room, Dickson Hall
Refreshments following the Lecture
This event is free and open to the public. An ASL interpreter will be present
for the entire event.