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Then and Now: The History of Sign Language

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Then and Now: The History of Sign Language. Drew explains about the history of Sign Language and how it was brought to America from France through the meeting of Laurent Clerc and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet. Clerc taught Gallaudet French Sign Language and in turn, Gallaudet taught Clerc English. Signs developed from Martha’s Vineyard near Cape Cod, Massachusetts were brought to American School for the Deaf where they merged into LSF and became old American Sign Language. In 1920s, Alexander Graham Bell introduced the oral method that bans the use of sign language, which caused it to decline until 1955. Dr. William Stokoe, the dean for English department recognized and wrote a book, Sign Language Structure of American Sign Language.

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