Click to See Larger Image

View Our Catalog

Join Our E-Mail List

What's New

Sign Language Studies

American Annals of the Deaf

Press Home

Language in Hand
Why Sign Came Before Speech

William C. Stokoe

Read the preface.
Read reviews: Library Journal, Hearing Health, CHOICE, Deafness & Education International.


Shopping Cart Operations

Add to Cart
Review Or Change Cart Contents
Buy This Book Now
Secure Checkout

From Hearing Health

�Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.� Quoting Democritus� statement of 2400 years ago, Stokoe begins his final book. He died soon after finishing this important work. Stokoe capitalizes upon this simple credo to trace the development of language in humans: gesture-to-language-to-speech. Intrinsic to this proposition is that speech is sufficient for language but not necessary. �Chance,� Stokoe writes, �brought humans down from the trees to the ground, freeing their hands for gesture and, later, sign language, a progression that came from the necessity to communicate.�

Drawing from decades of research, Stokoe demonstrates how our ancestors� powers of observation and natural hand movements could have evolved into signed morphemes.

William C. Stokoe was Professor Emeritus at Gallaudet University and the founding editor of Sign Language Studies.

ISBN 1-56368-103-X, 6 x 9 hardcover, 246 pages, footnotes, endnotes, sign illustrations, bibliography, index


Shopping Cart Operations

To order by mail, print our Order Form or call:

TEL (773) 568-1550 8 am - 5 pm CST
TTY 1-888-630-9347
FAX 1-800-621-8476; (773) 660-2235