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The signs of a savant : language against the odds / Neil Smith ... [et al.]
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2011
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  BF426 .S54 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Savants (Savant syndrome)
Language acquisition
Physical Description xiv, 219 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-213) and index
Contents Introducing Christopher -- British Sign Language: an overview -- The programme -- The results -- Christopher in the wider context -- Modality and the mind
Summary "Every once in a while nature gives us insight into the human condition by providing us with a unique case whose special properties illuminate the species as a whole. Christopher is such an example. Despite disabilities which mean that everyday tasks are burdensome chores, Christopher is a linguistic wonder who can read, write, speak, understand and translate more than twenty languages. On some tests he shows a severely low IQ, hinting at ineducability, yet his English language ability indicates an IQ in excess of 120 (a level more than sufficient to enter university). Christopher is a savant, someone with an island of startling talent in a sea of inability. This book documents his learning of British Sign Language, casting light on the modularity of cognition, the modality neutrality of the language faculty, the structure of memory, the grammar of signed language and the nature of the human mind"-- Provided by publisher
Alternate Author Smith, N. V. (Neilson Voyne)

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