William Stokoe and the discipline of sign language linguistics

Autor/a: McBURNEY, Susan
Año: 2001
Editorial: Historiagraphia Linguistica, Vol. 28, nº 1-2 (2001) pp. 143-186
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística, Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


The first modern linguistic analysis of a signed language was published in 1960 — William Clarence Stokoe’s (1919–2000) Sign Language Structure. Although the initial impact of Stokoe’s monograph on linguistics and education was minimal, his work formed a solid base for what was to become a new field of research: American Sign Language (ASL) Linguistics. Together with the work of those that followed (in particular Ursula Bellugi and colleagues), Stokoe’s ground-breaking work on the structure of ASL has led to an acceptance of signed languages as autonomous linguistic systems that exhibit the complex structure characteristic of all human languages.