CLOSE

Deconstructing phonocentrism in hearing language and thoughts

Reframing hearing terms and hearing way of thinking in the realm of phonocentrism to deconstruction. Below are some excerptions from various sources to illustrate phonocentric perceptions.

"Deaf Poet's Visual Poetry: Creative Storytelling Without Words". -- THINK, nbcnews.com, unknown date.

Not without words. ASL is a language with set of words plus grammar. Words are symbols of meaning in a language. Reframe something like: creative storytelling in signed language rather than spoken language. Imagine "Chinese Poet's Visual Poetry: creative storytelling without words." Characters are words, just as ASL signs are words. There is no such as without words in a language.

"... called to work with a non-verbal student who communicates through sign language." excerpted in a 2017 email.

"Hawkins has received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Elisa, a non-verbal woman who communicates through sign language." (Excerpted in 2018)

Verbal is a non-written form, thus it applies to either vocally speaking (speech language) or manually speaking (sign language). Signing is verbal. "Communicates through sign language" indicates a form of sub class of the modality and language. Hearing people communicate through speech language.

"Sign language, any means of communication through bodily movements, especially of the hands and arms, used when spoken communication is impossible or not desirable. The practice is probably older than speech. Sign language may be as coarsely expressed as mere grimaces, shrugs, or pointings; or it may employ a delicately nuanced combination of coded manual signals reinforced by facial expression and perhaps augmented by words spelled out in a manual alphabet." -- the first paragraph in the page https://www.britannica.com/topic/sign-language from Encyclopedia Britannica. August 26 2019.

Imagine this description, "Speech language, any means of communication through bodily movements, especially of the tongue, lips, teeth, and larynx, used when signed communication is impossible or not desirable. The practice is probably more popular than signing. Speech language may be as coarsely expressed as mere grunts, sighs, or purse-pointings; or it may employ a delicately nuanced combination of coded vocal signals reinforced by vocal gesture and perhaps augmented by manual gesture."

To reframe this, sign language is a language used in visual-spatial modality, whereas speech language is a language used in vocal-aural modality. Simple and equal, as the linguistic regions of the left brain doesn't differ them. Even, neuroscience studies show that manual gesture and signed words are not processed the same in the brain. Rather, signed words and spoken words are processed in the same linguistic regions of the left brain.

More to come at later times.

Redefining Deaf