Definition of oralism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôrəˌlizəm/


The system of teaching deaf people to communicate by the use of speech and lip-reading rather than sign language.
Example sentences
  • Elizabeth Peet, dean of women at Gallaudet College, was more colorful in her criticism of oralism's impact on Sign Language.
  • The early twentieth century brought discord to the Deaf community in the form of oralism.
  • The first was published in 1908 by J. Schuyler Long, a principal at the Iowa School for the Deaf and an opponent of pure oralism.
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