Date: Wed Jun 28, 2000 4:26
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: Re: Milan meeting 1880
Just to clear up one small bit of misunderstanding: abbé l'Éppé who started
the Paris school of deaf education based on sign languga, was not deaf, but
>From: Valerie Sutton
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>Subject: Re: Milan meeting 1880
>Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 06:58:29 -0700
>At 2:02 AM -0700 6/27/00, Ingvild Roald wrote:
>>In 1880 an internation meeting of educators of the deaf was held in
>>Milan, Italy. It was not a meeting with representation, but anyone
>>interesetd could attend. A few deaf teachers of deaf students
>>attended, and so did a number of society ladies from Milan who had
>>contributed to the cause. Because of a skewed representation, and
>>the fact that the arcbishop (?) of Milan who was presiding this
>>event was anti-manual, a strong recomendation from this meeting was
>>that all education of deaf students all over the world should be
>>based on the 'oral'.....
>>You can read more about this in any textbook on the history of deaf
>>culture and deaf education. I would recommend the books by Harlan
>>Lane, especially "When the Mind Hears".
>>Hopefully this would clarify things a bit?
>June 27, 2000
>Hello Everyone, and Ingvild!
>Thank you for the excellent explanation of the Milan meeting of 1880.
>I am sure Dr. Harlan Lane's book will give more detail - but I
>appreciate knowing about the story.
>It is a little depressing in a way, since before that time so much
>progress had been made because of the great Deaf Frenchman abbé
>L'Éppé. His work was carried on by educators who had trained with
>him, such as Gallaudet in the USA and Castberg in Denmark, but his
>own countrymen in France, retreated to oralism...strange how new
>ideas are accepted in foreign countries faster than in the
>But the positive side is that abbé L'Éppé's work does live on...and I
>guess it doesn't matter where it came from, just as long as someone
>And this is true with SignWriting too. The writing system began in
>Denmark. And then your work in Norway, Ingvild, spread the writing
>further. The Parkhursts in Spain, Stefan Woehrmann in Germany, the
>Kegls in Nicaragua and other research projects in the UK, Ireland,
>Switzerland and Flanders are examples of how other countries are
>ahead of the US in its acceptance of SignWriting....
>But it is getting better...I understand from Judy Kegl that she is
>presenting some SignWriting at the University of Southern Maine now,
>as a part of linguistic studies - Thanks, Judy!
>And thanks for your input, Ingvild!
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