William Stokoe

William C. Stokoe, Jr.
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William Stokoe, 1993
Born (1919-07-21)July 21, 1919
New Hampshire, USA
Died April 4, 2000(2000-04-04) (aged 80)
Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA
Alma mater Cornell University (Ph.D., 1946)
Known for Redefining language, establishing American Sign Language as a unique language, Stokoe notation
Scientific career
Fields English, American Sign Language (ASL)
Institutions Wells College, Gallaudet University

William C. Stokoe, Jr. ( / STOH-kee; July 21, 1919 in New Hampshire – April 4, 2000 in Chevy Chase, Maryland), a long-time professor at Gallaudet University, was an American linguist. His research on American Sign Language (ASL) revolutionized the understanding of ASL in the United States and sign languages throughout the world and had a profound impact on deaf culture, deaf education, and sign language teaching and interpreting. Stokoe's work led to a widespread recognition that sign languages are true languages, exhibiting syntax and morphology, and are not mere systems of gesture. This work thus redefined "language" itself, and influenced thinking in theoretical linguistics, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, neural studies, and even jurisprudence.[ citation needed]

Early life

William C. Stokoe, Jr. was born July 21, 1919, in New Hampshire and died April 4, 2000, in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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