Teaching Language to a Boy Born Deaf: The Popham Notebook and Associated Texts by John WallisTeaching Language to a Boy Born Deaf: The Popham Notebook and Associated Texts by John Wallis

Teaching Language to a Boy Born Deaf: The Popham Notebook and Associated Texts

byJohn Wallis

Hardcover | December 30, 2017

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This book presents an edition of a previously unpublished notebook used by the seventeenth-century polymath John Wallis to teach language to the "deaf mute" Alexander Popham. Under the terms of the law Popham would not have been able to inherit his family title and property if he had remainedunable to speak. This is one of the most famous cases in the history of deaf education. The notebook, which has recently come to light in the Popham family mansion, provides fascinating insights into the details of the instruction. It is a rare example of a manual tailor-made for the instruction ofa known individual and its author is one of the foremost scientists of the period. If it had not been lost the work would have been a key document in the dispute between John Wallis and William Holder, both distinguished fellows of the Royal Society, on whose method had been successful in teachingPopham to speak. The Popham Notebook provides essential evidence towards the resolution of a debate that has been widely discussed ever since.David Cram and Jaap Maat place the work in its personal, social, and scientific contexts. They include a range of additional contemporary texts and provide a clear text with helpful annotations. The edition provides the means for a thorough reassessment of the work's contemporary value. Theirintroduction also includes a discussion of the theoretical issues underpinning the teaching of language to the deaf.
John Wallis (1618-1703) was a founder member of the Royal Society, a mathematician and pioneer of calculus, and a linguist whose work included the groundbreaking tract on phonetics, De Loquela (1653). David Cram is an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, formerly Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Linguistics. By background and traini...
Title:Teaching Language to a Boy Born Deaf: The Popham Notebook and Associated TextsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0 inPublished:December 30, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199677085

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTIONi Deafness in philosophical, medical, legal and religious perspectivesii Teaching language to the deaf before the 1650siii Literature on teaching language to the deaf in seventeenth-century Britainiv The education of Alexander Pophamv Aftermath and retrospectPART I: THE POPHAM NOTEBOOK1. Transcription of text, with textual footnotesPART II: THE EDUCATION OF ALEXANDER POPHAM2. John Wallis (1661) First letter to Boyle on teaching language to the deaf3. William Holder (1669) An Appendix Concerning Persons Deaf and Dumb4. John Wallis (1670 [1662]) Second letter to Boyle on teaching language to the deaf5. William Holder (1678) A Supplement to the Philosophical Transactions of July 16706. John Wallis (1678) A Defence of the Royal Society; In answer to the cavils of Dr. William HolderPART III: AFTERMATH AND LEGACY7. John Wallis to Thomas Beverley (1698) On teaching language to the deaf8. John Wallis and Johann Conrad Amman (1700) An exchange of letters on the method of teaching the deaf9. Henry Baker (1723) A Short Essay on SpeechBibliographyIndex