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Hardcover | Out of Print | 256 pp. | 6 x 9 in | May 1987 | ISBN: 9780262161053
Paperback | $33.00 X | £27.95 | 256 pp. | 6 x 9 in | March 1990 | ISBN: 9780262660662
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What the Hands Reveal about the Brain


What the Hands Reveal About the Brain provides dramatic evidence that language is not limited to hearing and speech, that there are primary linguistic systems passed down from one generation of deaf people to the next, which have been forged into antonomous languages and are not derived front spoken languages.

About the Author

Ursula Bellugi is Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Neurosciences at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She is the coauthor of What the Hands Reveal about the Brain (MIT Press, 1990).


“No previous study has so carefully selected subjects, so thoroughly documented the site and extent of their brain lesions, or so extensively examined their language functioning. The authors pose important and fascinating questions and pursue the answers in a manner that indicates a deep knowledge of language.”
Paula Menyuk, Science