Seeing language in sign: the work of William C. Stokoe

Autor/a: MAHER, Jane
Año: 1996
Editorial: Washington: Gallaudet University Press, 1996
Tipo de código: ISBN
Código: 1-56368-053-X
Soporte: Papel


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


In 1955 William C. Stokoe arrived at Gallaudet College (later Gallaudet University) to teach English where he was first exposed to deaf people signing. While most of his colleagues dismissed signing as mere mimicry of speech, Stokoe saw in it elements of a distinctive language all its own. Seeing Language in Sign traces the process that Stokoe followed to prove scientifically and unequivocally that American Sign Language (ASL) met the full criteria of linguistics--phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and use of language--to be classified a fully developed language.