The Signs of a Savant

- Language Against the Odds

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The Signs of a Savant
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Bog, hardback
Udgivelsesdato:
02-12-2010
Sprog:
Engelsk
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Every once in a while nature gives us insight into the human condition by providing us with a unique case whose special properties illuminate the species as a whole. Christopher is such an example. Despite disabilities which mean that everyday tasks are burdensome chores, Christopher is a linguistic wonder who can read, write, speak, understand and translate more than twenty languages. On some tests he shows a severely low IQ, hinting at ineducability, yet his English language ability indicates an IQ in excess of 120 (a level more than sufficient to enter university). Christopher is a savant, someone with an island of startling talent in a sea of inability. This book documents his learning of British Sign Language, casting light on the modularity of cognition, the modality neutrality of the language faculty, the structure of memory, the grammar of signed language and the nature of the human mind.

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Udgivelsesdato:
02-12-2010
ISBN13:
9780521852272
Vægt:
500 g
Dybde:
16 mm
Bredde:
158 mm
Højde:
235 mm
Format:
Hardback
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    A fascinating and insightful study of the learning of British Sign Language by Christopher, a savant, who despite severe disabilities, can read, write and speak more than twenty languages. It casts new light on the structure of memory, the grammar of signed language and the nature of the human mind. 9 Tables, black and white; 10 Halftones, black and white; 5 Line drawings, color; 28 Line drawings, black and white

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