Sarah Maronick
Sign Language, Phonocentrism, and Justice
Mentor: Molly Welsh
What is language, who can utilize it, and what privileges do those considered able to access language enjoy? Through engagement in disability studies, the philosophy of Jacques Derrida, and the history of Sign Language, I tackle these questions. Historically, speech has been regarded as the best way of using language. For this reason, the deaf, who do not often use speech to communicate, have been discriminated against and labeled as deaf and dumb. I explore what this suggests about our underlying assumptions about language, and embrace Sign Language’s unique exemplification of the conditions of language at work in different modalities.
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