William C. Stokoe

William C. Stokoe, Ph.D., pioneered the linguistic study of the signed languages of deaf people and contributed to the scientific study of the origins and evolution of language. Before his death in April 2000, he had been associated for 45 years with Gallaudet University—a liberal arts institution for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students—as professor of English and linguistics, director of the linguistics research laboratory, and professor emeritus. He founded Sign Language Studies and edited it from 1972 until 1996.