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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2000
William C. Stokoe Jr., 80, a linguistics professor whose work brought worldwide acceptance to sign language for deaf students. Stokoe, who taught at Gallaudet University in Washington, is credited with winning recognition of American Sign Language as a genuine language, overcoming the contentions of linguists that it was little more than a rudimentary imitation of the spoken word.
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December 10, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
After a complicated courtship, Koko the "talking gorilla" is finally getting a mate. The prospective partner, Ndume, is a gorilla from the Cincinnati Zoo. He will arrive at the 6.5-acre Gorilla Foundation in Woodside tonight. After 30 days in isolation as a health precaution, the two will be introduced. "It was a long struggle," said primatologist Penny Patterson, "but it looks like the beginning of what we hope will be a productive relationship."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2001
Re "Controversial Head of School for Deaf Removed," June 21: As one who, after a lifetime with hearing keen enough to work as a professional musician, must now rely on state-of-the-art hearing aids to pick up on ordinary conversations, I find the California School for the Deaf's efforts to lump all of its students (both actually deaf and merely hard of hearing) into one group puzzling, insofar as their education is concerned. Whatever happened to the old-fashioned idea that each student is an individual whose individual needs and capabilities must be taken into account?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1991
A vaudeville-style variety show performed entirely in American Sign Language is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Saddleback College's McKinney Theatre. Called "Quiet Zone Theater," performers from Saddleback, Golden West and Rancho Santiago colleges will do original skits and interpretations of popular songs. Interpreters will be available for the hearing audience.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1991
With our news dominated by wars and all kinds of violence, it was very refreshing to read The Times Orange County Section on May 7 and the stories of three people, one being Andrea Mathews, who was given the Foster Child Advocacy Award for her unselfish and caring work with children. The other was about Share Our Selves founder Jean Forbath, who will step down after having devoted so much of her time to help destitute people, and who still will participate in many worthwhile projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1994
A gunman opened fire on a couple in Pico Rivera apparently because the two had exchanged a series of hand signals that may have been interpreted as the flashing of gang signs. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Friday that the gunman fired at a 22-year-old woman as she and her 25-year-old boyfriend sat in the parking lot of El Rancho High School on Feb. 4. The woman was wounded in the right cheek and shoulder.
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March 22, 1991 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
The sounds of "goo-goo" and "dada" that young children make when they begin babbling at about 7 months of age are also made by deaf infants in what scientists say is sign language, according to Canadian researchers. This "manual babbling" is not simply the random formation of signs, but instead reflects the strict linguistic rules associated with vocal babbling, the researchers report today in the journal Science.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1994 | KURT PITZER
Darlene Allen Wittman keeps a dictionary of hand signs that she and actress Holly Hunter developed for "The Piano"--a language partly immortalized by the award-winning film and partly left on the cutting-room floor. "It's something that's kind of gotten lost when people talk about the movie," Wittman said. "People say, 'Oh, you taught Holly Hunter sign language.' But we actually created our own language."
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