By Douglas C. Baynton

Forbidden indicators explores American tradition from the mid-nineteenth century to 1920 throughout the lens of 1 impressive episode: the crusade led via Alexander Graham Bell and different favorite american citizens to suppress using signal language between deaf humans.

The resulting debate over signal language invoked such basic questions as what exotic americans from non-Americans, civilized humans from "savages," people from animals, males from girls, the typical from the unnatural, and the conventional from the irregular. An suggest of the go back to signal language, Baynton chanced on that even though the grounds of the controversy have shifted, educators nonetheless base judgements on the various comparable metaphors and photographs that resulted in the erroneous efforts to get rid of signal language.

"Baynton's incredible and specific heritage, Forbidden indicators, reminds us that debates over using dialects or languages are relatively the linguistic tip of a commonly submerged argument approximately strength, social keep an eye on, nationalism, who has the precise to talk and who has the correct to manage modes of speech."—Lennard J. Davis, The Nation

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Et c'est bien d'exprimer à la fois le souci qu'a de soi la culture et le rêve de se dépasser, que le pouvoir, paradoxal en sa nature, est vénéré en son impuissance : métaphore de la tribu imago de son mythe, voilà le chef indien *. • Etude initialement parue dans L'Homme II (1), 1962. 42 chapitre 3 indépendance et exogamie (1) L'opposition si contrastée entre cultures des hauts-plateaux andins et cultures de la Forêt Tropicale, mise en relief par les récits et rapports des missionnaires, soldats, voyageurs des XVIe et XVIIe siècles, fut par la suite accentuée jusqu'à l'exagération : peu à peu s'est dessinée l'imagerie populaire d'une Amérique précolombienne tout entière livrée à la sauvagerie, excepté la région andine où les Incas avaient réussi à faire triompher la civilisation.

A l'extériorité du pouvoir répond l'isole- 41 LA SOCIÉTÉ CONTRE L'ÉTAT ment de sa parole qui porte, d'être dite durement pour ne point se faire entendre, témoignage de sa douceur. La polygynie peut s'interpréter de la même manière : au-delà de son aspect formel de don pur et simple destiné à poser le pouvoir comme rupture de l'échange, se dessine une fonction positive analogue à celle des biens et du langage. Le chef, propriétaire de valeurs essentielles du groupe, est par là même responsable devant lui, et, par l'intermédiaire des femmes il est en quelque sorte le prisonnier du groupe.

Sans doute est-il difficile de fonder rigoureusement, c'est-à15. Cf. R. Murphy, B. -J. Augustin, 19". '3 LA SOCIÉTÉ CONTRE L'ÉTAT dire sur des faits vérifiés, la généralité de cette institution. Car si la technologie et même la mythologie de nombreuses tribus sud-:tméricaines nous sont souvent bien connues, il n'en est malheureusement pas de même en ce qui concerne leur sociologie. Cependant, quelque dispersée et parfois contradictoire que soit l'information utilisable, certaines données permettent, quant à la quasi-universalité de l'exogamie locale, sinon une certitude absolue, du moins une probabilité extrêmement haute.

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