Deafness as a Natural Experiment
Deafness is a unique experiment of nature. Through the accident of hearing loss, deaf people grow up in a world deprived of sound and speech. Most deaf children are born into a world in which their parents, siblings, relatives, and neighbors converse, argue, joke, and learn in the inaccessible medium of sound. Consequently, deaf children must make their way in the world with little exposure to and limited mastery of language.
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