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By Anna Mindess

In Reading among the Signs, Anna Mindess presents a point of view on a tradition that's not greatly understood-American Deaf tradition. With the collaboration of 3 individual Deaf specialists, Mindess explores the results of cultural transformations on the intersection of the Deaf and listening to worlds.

Used in signal language interpreter education courses around the world, Reading among the indicators is a source for college students, operating interpreters and different pros. this significant re-creation keeps functional recommendations that allow interpreters to successfully converse their consumers' purpose, whereas its well timed dialogue of the interpreter's position is broadened in a cultural context.

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By contrast, one group of professionals who did share their frustrations with their colleagues were foreign student advisers on college campuses around the United States. With the influx of foreign students in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, who came to the United States to study at the undergraduate and graduate levels, these advisers were struck by the cultural adjustment problems they perceived the students to be struggling with, both in regard to the American educational system and to society at large.

For example, the “OK” hand gesture, with thumb and forefinger making a circle and three fingers extended, is used in much of the world; however, the meaning behind it varies considerably. ”† You had better be extra careful using this gesture in Greece or Turkey, however, where it is used insultingly to mean “You have a large (anal) orifice” (Morris et al. 1979, 100–18). Besides the erroneous assumption of the universality of its meaning, there are several factors that complicate the study of nonverbal behavior.

Rate of Speech. Tempo is another aspect of paralanguage. ” We may unknowingly, however, be sending a message of contempt to a foreigner who simply speaks competent English with a heavy accent. Volume. People from certain cultures are notoriously soft-spoken to our American ears. Although it happens to be their way of showing respect, we may find it frustrating to have to strain to hear them. Americans often speak loudly to get someone’s attention or be heard above the din, but a loud volume may serve other functions as well.

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