ASL around the 50s to now! The beginning of ASL!
ASL around the 50s to now! The beginning of ASL! By: Korina Alvarado Period no. 6 American sign language Sign Language has been used by many generations of Deaf people. There were no official records that ASL existed until early 1960’s. In the 19th century oral communication was strictly expected in academic environments. In 1955 William Stokoe, a linguistic scholar, went to Gallaudet College and explained that ASL was a fully formed human language. He demonstrated his points to other linguists and the general public. Sign Language Structure was the first ASL book, it was published in 1960. More books followed on; in 1965 the first dictionary for ASL was published. Stokoe worked with two Deaf colleagues at Gallaudet, and, in 1971, by the Linguistic Research Laboratory at Gallaudet University. American Sign Language has now become widespread in the United State, Canada, etcetera. ASL is said to now be the fourth most commonly used language in the United States. It is the first language of many Deaf Picture of William Stokoe. web site: www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn _id... www.Google.com /1955, William Stokoe, beginning of asl