Journal Article

Sentences Before Words: Seeing Before Hearing

William C. Stokoe

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 2, issue 2, pages 115-117
Published in print January 1997 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online January 1997 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.deafed.a014312
Sentences Before Words: Seeing Before Hearing

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Language had to begin with gestures. Language would have happened when a community of hominids about to be human took a new look at the gestures that they and other hominoids had been making for millions of years. All at once—the moment they saw that these gestures represented more than their usual meanings, like “gimme food” or “come closer”—language began.

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