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Stokoe, William C.

Overview
Works: 70 works in 227 publications in 2 languages and 6,138 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Dictionaries  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Honoree, Author of introduction, Editor
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Most widely held works by William C Stokoe
Language in hand : why sign came before speech by William C Stokoe( Book )

24 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 1,225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stokoe recounts in Language in Hand how inspiration grew out of his original discovery in the 1950s and '60s that deaf people who signed were using a true language with constructions that did not derive from spoken English. This investigation calls upon decades of personal experience and published research to refute the recently entrenched claims that humans have a special, innate learning faculty for language and that speech equates with language. Integrating current findings in linguistics, semiotics, and anthropology, Stokoe fashions a closely reasoned argument that suggests how our human ancestors' powers of observation and natural hand movements could have evolved into signed morphemes." "Stokoe also proposes how the primarily gestural expression of language with vocal support shifted to primarily vocal language with gestural accompaniment. When describing this transition, however, he never loses sight of the significance of humans in the natural world and the role of environmental stimuli in the development of language. Stokoe illustrates this contention with fascinating observations of small contemporary ethnic groups such as the Assinobian Nakotas, a Native American group from Montana that intermingle their spoken and signed languages depending upon cultural imperatives." "Language in Hand also presents innovative thoughts on classifiers in American Sign Language and their similarity to certain elements of spoken languages, convincing evidence that speech originally copied sign language forms before developing unrelated conventions through usage. Stokoe concludes Language in Hand with an hypothesis on how the acceptance of sign language as the first language of humans could revolutionize the education of infants, both deaf and hearing, who, like early humans, have the full capacity for language without speech."--Jacket
The study of signed languages : essays in honor of William C. Stokoe by David F Armstrong( )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gesture and the nature of language by David F Armstrong( Book )

20 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book proposes a radical alternative to dominant views of the evolution of language, and in particular the origins of syntax. The authors argue that manual and vocal communication developed in parallel, and that the basic elements of syntax are intrinsic to gesture. They draw on evidence from areas such as primatology, anthropology, and linguistics to present a groundbreaking account of the notion that language emerged through visible bodily action, and go on to examine the implications for linguistic theory and theories of the biological evolution of language
Semiotics and human sign languages by William C Stokoe( Book )

19 editions published between 1971 and 1974 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sign language and the deaf community : essays in honor of William C. Stokoe by Charlotte Baker( Book )

8 editions published between 1980 and 2002 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dictionary of American sign language on linguistic principles by William C Stokoe( Book )

12 editions published between 1965 and 1976 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language and human nature : toward a grammar of interaction and discourse by Harvey B Sarles( )

2 editions published between 1977 and 1981 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sign and culture : a reader for students of American sign language by William C Stokoe( Book )

7 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a selection of papers that have appeared in the journal "Sign Language Studies" between 1972 and 1979. The aim is to provide the reader with some knowledge of the world as signers see it. The book is for academic decision-makers, teachers and parents of deaf students, as well as the intellectually curious. Following an introductory essay, the chapters are arranged in four sections: (1) The first section addresses the broad question "What is Sign Language?" With articles about the language merging situation involving manually encoded English and American Sign Language, as well as other aspects of sign language, including humor and foreign sign languages. (2) The second section on "Learning and Using Sign Language" gets deeply into a psycholinguistic vein, and presents findings on sign language acquisition and learning. (3) The third section, "(Sign) Language and Culture," relates sign language use and particular attitudes and policies to the deaf community. (4) The fourth chapter reinforces the idea that language is not all biological nor all socio-cultural, and applies this idea to sign language acquisition. (Author/PJM)
A dictionary of American sign language on linguistic principles by William C Stokoe( Book )

5 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Sign language structure : the first linguistic analysis of American sign language by William C Stokoe( Book )

18 editions published between 1978 and 1993 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sign language of the American deaf community (asl) is analyzed from a linguistic point of view. The history of the application of linguistic principles to sign language studies is briefly traced. The cherology (phonology) of sign language is treated with respect to finger spelling, manual numeration, asl phonetics, and conventions of sign notation. The last subject deals with the three aspects of a sign that indicate where on the body it takes place (tabula, or tab), handshape and attitude (designator, or dez), and the action of the sign (signation, or sig). A section on morphocheremics deals with stylistic differences, double dez relationships, possible causes for sign change, compound signs, classes of color terms, and signs with initial letter dez. Finally, a section on morphology is devoted to questions and answers in asl, the headshake as a signed negative, asl syntax, and bilingualism and diglossia in deaf communities. A table of symbols used for writing signs is included. (Jb)
Sign language structure: an outline of the visual communication systems of the American deaf by William C Stokoe( Book )

8 editions published in 1960 in English and Undetermined and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The calculus of structure; a manual for college students of English by William C Stokoe( Book )

4 editions published in 1960 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simultaneous communication, ASL, and other classroom communication modes( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A field guide for sign language research by William C Stokoe( Book )

5 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Field researchers of sign language are the target of this methodological guide. The prospective researcher is briefed on the rationale of sign language study as language study and as distinct from the study of kinesics. Subjects covered include problems of translating, use of interpreters, and ethics. Instruments for obtaining social and language usage information from subjects are presented. Lists are provided of signs, basic sign vocabulary, cultural items, sentences for sign translation, first steps in analysis, and archives and outlets. A section on record-making covers technology, the use of the notebook, still and motion picture photography, and videotape. (Jb)
SLR '83 : proceedings of the III International Symposium on Sign Language Research, Rome, June 22-26, 1983 by International Symposium on Sign Language Research( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The study of sign language by William C Stokoe( Book )

5 editions published between 1970 and 1971 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this paper the author takes a positive not a negative view of sign language. It is the center of attention, not as an object of interest to the specialist in language, but as the central feature in the complex sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic system that makes the deaf person part of general American culture and at the same time part of a special group. To see sign language in this way the author first examines the ways language may be presented to the eye instead of to the ear and points out the contrasts and parallels between speech and sign language. He then considers the relation of sign language to the education of the deaf in the light of bilingualism. Finally, he looks at steps that concerned teachers can take to apply research of their own of the most practical kind. The author states that sign language cannot be learned as a living, working language from these pages but hopes that teachers and educators reading them may find a new understanding of what this language is like, of how it relates to English, and of its importance in the intellectual development of the deaf child. (Author/DO)
Proceedings of the First National Symposium on Sign Language Research and Teaching by National Symposium on Sign Language Research and Teaching( Book )

7 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Signing & speaking : competitors, alternatives, or incompatibles? by William C Stokoe( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sign language research : what it knows and whither it leads by William C Stokoe( Book )

2 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Language in hand : why sign came before speech
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The study of signed languages : essays in honor of William C. StokoeGesture and the nature of languageA dictionary of American sign language on linguistic principlesDeaf American, American Sign Language, child of deaf adult, American School for the Deaf, Deaf culture, deaf education, Marlee Matlin
Alternative Names
Stokoe, Bill

Stokoe, W. C. 1919-2000

Stokoe, William 1919-2000

William C. Stokoe

William Stokoe Amerikaans taalkundige (1919-2000)

William Stokoe linguista statunitense

William Stokoe US-amerikanischer Linguist, erforschte die American Sign Language

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English (167)

Spanish (4)