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The Talking Deaf Man A Method Proposed, Whereby He Who is Born Deaf, May Learn to Speak   By: (1669-1724)

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"The Talking Deaf Man: A Method Proposed, Whereby He Who is Born Deaf, May Learn to Speak" by John Conrade Amman is a groundbreaking and thought-provoking work that addresses an issue of great significance—deaf individuals' ability to learn how to speak. Amman's book delves deep into the subject matter, presenting a well-researched methodology that challenges conventional beliefs and offers hope for the deaf community.

From the onset, Amman demonstrates a profound understanding of the challenges faced by those born deaf. He emphasizes the importance of communication in human interaction and highlights the isolation experienced by individuals unable to speak or understand oral language. With this in mind, the author embarks on an exploration of innovative teaching techniques designed to unlock the ability to speak for the deaf.

Drawing on his observations and extensive interactions with the deaf, Amman presents a comprehensive method that goes beyond traditional approaches. He breaks down the process of vocalization into manageable steps, gradually introducing and reinforcing the building blocks of speech. By focusing on visual cues, tactile feedback, and the correlation between lip movements and sounds, Amman's method offers a practical pathway to linguistic inclusion.

Throughout the book, Amman illustrates his findings with compelling case studies and examples, showcasing the astounding progress made by individuals following his methodology. These stories of triumph not only inspire but also serve as a testament to the effectiveness of Amman's proposed approach. By sharing these personal narratives, the author strengthens his argument for the potential of deaf individuals to acquire speech, ultimately challenging societal preconceptions about the limitations of the deaf community.

Moreover, Amman's compassion and dedication shine through his writing, demonstrating a deep respect for the deaf individuals he works with. Rather than viewing deafness as a disability, he advocates for fostering an inclusive environment that appreciates the unique attributes and potential of the deaf community.

Though "The Talking Deaf Man" is rich in information and insight, it is worth noting that some may find the book dense and academic in nature. The language used can be technical at times, making it challenging for those unfamiliar with linguistic concepts. However, dedicated readers eager to explore the subject matter will find themselves rewarded with a wealth of knowledge, thanks to Amman's comprehensive approach.

Overall, "The Talking Deaf Man" is a pioneering work that sheds light on an important aspect of deaf individuals' lives. By presenting a practical methodology for teaching speech to the deaf, John Conrade Amman challenges societal misconceptions and offers a promising way forward. This book is a must-read for educators, researchers, and anyone interested in promoting inclusivity and removing barriers for the deaf community.

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A Method Proposed, Whereby He Who is Born Deaf, May Learn to Speak.

By the Studious Invention and Industry of John Conrade Amman , an Helvetian of Shashuis , Dr. of Physick.

Imprinted at Amsterdam , by Henry Westein , 1692. And now done out of Latin into English, by D.F.M.D. 1693.

London , Printed for Tho. Hawkins, in George yard, Lumbard street , 1694.

Price bound One Shilling.

To his most Approved Good Friend Mr. PETER KOLARD, the Author, with all Submission, Dedicateth this his Treatise of the Talking Deaf Man.

My much honoured Friend ,

This little endeavour, how small soever it be, is upon many Accounts due to you; For besides that, the Truth of the matter here exposed, is to no one, (except my Self) more apparent, you did heap on me so many Favours, whilst I abode in your House, upon account of teaching your Daughter, and rendred me to be so much Yours, as no less could be sufficient, than to erect a publick, and as much as in me lay, an eternal Monument of Gratitude to you. How great the Incredulity of this Age is, no Man almost knows better than your self; there have been, and still are, such as boldly deny, that it is possible to bring the Deaf to speak; others, though they should be admitted to be Eye Witnesses, yet would not stick to doubt still of the matter: Wherefore, what ever it was that I performed to your Daughter, and to some others, and by what Artifice I did it, I now ingenuously expose to the Eyes of all the World... Continue reading book >>

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