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26 October 2015


I hope this isn't tedious...but I don't know any deaf people I can ask... I am really interested in language acquisition in deaf versus typical learning. I get how blind people learn language and imagine it's easier than if you're deaf, and the main thing that differs with blind versus typical (besides the general barrier reading body language) is learning a form of reading and writing that is accessible by touch rather than sight. As a hearing person, I actually "hear" words in my head when I read them - this doesn't apply very much to speed reading, but to "normal" reading for me...and when I'm reading poetry then I really slow down and I am most conscious of "hearing" the sounds of the words I am reading, which form a kind of music. From talking to other people, it seems that the faster people read, the less they "hear" the sounds of the words, and some don't at all. So how do words appear in your consciousness? Are the shapes particularly significant? (Shape is also significant in how I experience words, but not as important as "sound".) Do you have associations with words and colours, or any other sensory stuff? And I am wondering if you're a fast reader compared to hearing people (because not slowed down by "sound")?

...the experience of language acquisition would have to be quite different when you're born deaf versus going deaf later...I am guessing most younger people who are deaf were born deaf? Did you learn words pictorially by association of written words with objects and pictures? Do you remember much about the process? ...sorry to have asked so many questions...I just wrote what was going through my head...

Hi Sue, thanks for all your lovely comments. When I’m reading I don’t hear or think of individual words. It plays in my brain, maybe like a movie. I just see and understand it, no imaginary auditory component. Shapes and colours aren’t really relevant for me either. Since I went Deaf when I was three I could already speak and had already developed strong English language and concepts, but over time my reading has definitely moved away from an aural experience. Cheers, Asphyxia

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