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Roch-Ambroise Cucurron Sicard

Roch-Ambroise Cucurron Sicard (20 September 1742 – 10 May 1822) was a French "abbé and instructor of the "deaf.

Born at "Le Fousseret, in the ancient Province of "Languedoc (now the Department of "Haute-Garonne), and educated as a priest, Sicard was made principal of a school for the deaf at "Bordeaux in 1786, and in 1789, on the death of the "Abbé de l'Épée, succeeded him at a leading "school for the deaf which Épée had founded in "Paris. He later met "Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet while traveling in England,[1][2] and invited him to visit the school.

Sicard's chief works were his Eléments de grammaire générale (1799), Cours d'instruction d'un sourd-muet de naissance (1800) and Traité des signes pour l'instruction des sourds-muets (1808). The Abbé Sicard managed to escape any serious harm in the political troubles of 1792, and became a member of the Institute in 1795, but the value of his educational work was hardly recognized till shortly before his death at "Paris.[3]

In 1803 Sicard became a member of the "Académie française, occupying "Seat 3 as the successor to the "François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis, who was a diplomat.

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  1. ^ Gannon, Jack. 1981. Deaf Heritage–A Narrative History of Deaf America, Silver Spring, MD: National Association of the Deaf, p. xx (PDF)
  2. ^ Massieu, Jean; Laurent Clerc; and Roch Ambroise Cucurron Sicard (1815). A collection of the most remarkable definitions and answers of Massieu and Clerc, deaf and dumb, to the various questions put to them, at the public lectures of the Abbé Sicard, in London. London, Printed for Massieu and Clerc, by Cox and Baylis, Great Queen Street, Lincoln's-Inn-Fields. 
  3. ^ Lane, Harlan. "Chapter 1, My New Family" (PDF). When the Mind Hears (First ed.). Random House. "ISBN "0-394-50878-5. 

"" This article incorporates text from a publication now in the "public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Sicard, Roch-Ambroise Cucurron". "Encyclopædia Britannica. 25 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 20. 

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