Some First Steps in Human Progress by Frederick StarrSome First Steps in Human Progress by Frederick Starr

Some First Steps in Human Progress

byFrederick Starr

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1901 Excerpt: ... APPENDIX B. Sign Language In Print. In Science for May 26, 1893, I called attention to a rather interesting phase of gesture language under the above title. As all readers may not have access to the original reference the paper is here reproduced: Mr. Lewis Hadley of Chicago is at present engaged upon a plan for reducing the sign language to print. The purpose of the work is benevolent and religious, the idea being to bring religious instruction to the old Indians. It is well known that old Indians will never learn to read our language. It is believed by Mr. Hadley and his friends that they will quickly learn a printed sign language. Of course, all these old men make constant use of gestures and signs; and, if they take kindly to the printed gestures, there is no question that considerable progress might be made. Mr. Hadley has had difficulties to contend with in carrying out his work. He has been hampered by the lack of funds and by the novelty of the undertaking. In his first experiment he cut the dies for printing himself, and the resulting impressions were black designs with the figures in white lines, and the result was exceedingly ugly. He has since then simplified the designs and made them in the form of ordinary type, and has now an extensive font of several thousand types, which will be used in printing cards and tracts for the instruction of the Indians. There are two points to be considered in reference to this plan: first, its feasibility; second, its methodology. There are three questions that arise in reference to feasibility: 1. Is there a universal sign language among the Indians? 2. Can the signs be represented by type? 3. Will the Indians care to learn it? 1. As regards the first of these, Mallery says there is no absolutely fixed sign lan...
Title:Some First Steps in Human ProgressFormat:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217051677

ISBN - 13:9780217051675