Known by many as the father of the linguistics of American Sign language, William C. Stokoe, Professor Emeritus at Gallaudet University, began publication of Sign Language Studies in 1972. With the encouragement of Thomas Sebeok, Stokoe created his seminal journal as an outgrowth of his pioneering studies of the structure of American Sign language and the dynamics of Deaf communities. From then until recently, SLS has presented a unique forum for revoultionary papers on signed languages and other related disciplines, including linguistics, anthropology, semiotics, and deaf studies, history, and literature.
After a three-year hiatus, Sign Language Studies will commence publication again in Fall 2000. The new editor is David F. Amrstrong, distinguished anthropologist and author of Original Signs: Gesture, Sign, and the Sources of Language, and also the coauthor of Gesture and the Nature of Language with Stokoe and Sherman Wilcox. A long-time collaborator with Stokoe, Armstrong became a member of the SLS editorial board in 1986. The first issues of the new SLS are being prepared now, and you can take advantage of an opportunity to benefit from this vital journal's renewal with our special reintroducory offers: Subscribe for One Year and Receive the First Issue Free, or Subscribe for Three Years, Get the First Issue Free and the Next Three Issues at Half Price. For more information on how to subscribe, click here.