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This book presents an edition of a previously unpublished notebook used by the seventeenth-century polymath John Wallis to teach language to the 'deaf mute' Alexander Popham.

Teaching Language to a Boy Born Deaf

The notebook, which has recently come to light, is a rare example of a manual tailor-made for the instruction of a known individual.

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. Their lengthy introduction includes a discussion of the theoretical issues underpinning the teaching of language to the deaf.

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

  • Edited by David Cram and Jaap Maat
  • Oxford University Press, Oxford 2017
  • ISBN: 978 0199 677 08 5