A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.
This book explores the interface between speech perception and production
through a longitudinal acoustic analysis of the speech of postlingually
deaf adults with cochlear implants (electrode and computer prostheses for
the inner ear in cases of nerve deafness). The methodology is based on the
work of Joseph Perkell at MIT, replicating and extending analysis to
subjects with modern digital cochlear implants and processor technology.
Lowenstein also examines how cochlear implants are portrayed in dramatic
and documentary television programs, the scientific accuracy of those
portrayals, and what expectations might be taken away by viewers,
particularly given modern society's view that technology can overcome the
frailties of the human body.