Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Don't Knock. Read the Signs.

"Knock-knock jokes are almost non-existent in the Deaf signing community."

  ~~ Ben Bahan

1 comment:

  1. My head is being turned around the hegemony of "audism" in hearing culture. I have discovered that I am functionally deaf in most noisy contexts, yet still implicated. All that is changing now.

    For the record, Bahan is notorious in Deaf culture for his early appearances in ASL videotexts along with his storytelling and more recent scholarship in ASL literature. He goes on with his wry description in the quote cited above, "For Deaf people, the exchange stops at 'knock knock'" (in H-Dirksen Bauman, ed., Open Your Eyes: Deaf Studies Talking, 2008, 91).