By Jane Maher
In 1955 William C. Stokoe arrived at Gallaudet collage (later Gallaudet collage) to educate English the place he used to be first uncovered to deaf humans signing. whereas so much of his colleagues disregarded signing as mere mimicry of speech, Stokoe observed in it parts of a particular language all its personal. Seeing Language in signal lines the method that Stokoe to end up scientifically and unequivocally that American signal Language (ASL) met the whole standards of linguistics--phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and use of language--to be labeled an absolutely built language.This perceptive account dramatically captures the fight Stokoe confronted in persuading the institution of the reality of his discovery. different college contributors ridiculed or reviled him, and plenty of deaf individuals of the Gallaudet group laughed at his efforts. Seeing Language in signal rewards the reader with a wealthy portrayal of an undaunted recommend who, like a latter-day Galileo, pursued his imaginative and prescient doggedly despite relentless antagonism. He demonstrated the Linguistics examine Laboratory, then based the magazine signal Language reports to maintain an unpopular discussion until eventually the tide replaced. His final vindication corresponded with the popularity of the fantastic tradition and neighborhood that revolves round Deaf humans and their language, ASL.
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9 Arden Neisser, in The Other Side of Silence, describes Gallaudet in the early 1950s as "a sleepy educational backwater that was considered just about right for a handicapped population . . Gallaudet College, without attracting much attention, continued to do its job of teaching the seven or eight percent of deaf students who made it to college. "10 Neisser was not exaggerating. In 1952 Dr. Leonard Elstad became Gallaudet's third president, and at that time he decided that the college should apply for accreditation to the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
He didn't want to leave the house or see anyone but family for several weeks. '' When he returned to Cornell in the fall of 194 , he made Phi Beta Kappa, again received the Boldt Scholarship, and was elected co-captain of the fencing team. "20 Soon after recovering, Bill Stokoe met Ruth Palmeter, a fellow student at Cornell. He remembers the circumstances of their first meeting, their first conversation, their first date, what she wore, where they went. She was the perfect antidote to the breakdown he had suffered.
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Seeing Language in Sign: The Work of William C. Stokoe by Jane Maher