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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
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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
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