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Generative Communication: a dialogue with Oliver Sacks

José Luiz Braga


The paper develops a dialogue with Oliver Sacks’ study on deafness. The limit situation created by deafness offers acuity on characteristics of the communication phenomenon. Some assumptions developed in previous texts are presented as angles for dialogue. In Sacks’ book, which addresses the problem of deafness through a variety of viewpoints, the article selects observations and proposals that corroborate those assumptions or present themselves as challenges to reflection. From the dialogue between the basic propositions initially presented and the clues obtained in Sacks study, the text draws inferences relating to the limit situation; and related leads to the phenomenon in a broader perspective.


Generative communication, deafness, sign language

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v11i2p35-55

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