Gallaudet University Press

Gallaudet University Press is a nonprofit scholarly publisher that shares knowledge by and about deaf people with the world. GUP publishes books in fields such as deaf history, Deaf studies, signed language interpretation and translation, and signed language linguistics. They are the only academic press with a mission to publish content by and about deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind people, and their publishing program reflects the rich cultures and diverse perspectives of the communities they serve. GUP is also committed to advancing Gallaudet University’s bilingual (American Sign Language and English) mission and disseminating works that foster understanding and recognition of deaf people and signed languages around the world.

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Citizenship, Politics, Difference: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Signed Language Communities, edited by Audrey C. Cooper and Khadijat K. Rashid

An emergent body of scholarly research on sub-Saharan signed languages (SSSL) and related Deaf community organizing has created the opportunity to gather together the informed perspectives presented in this revolutionary collection.

The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure, edited by Carolyn McCaskill, Ceil Lucas, Robert Bayley, and Joseph Hill

This work presents the first sociohistorical and linguistic study of Black ASL. Supplemental online video includes signed chapter summaries and interviews with BASL users.

In Our Own Hands: Essays in Deaf History, 1780-1970, edited by Brian H. Greenwald and Joseph J. Murray

These essays explore deaf peoples’ claims to autonomy in their personal, religious, social, and organizational lives.

Sign Language Acquisition by Deaf and Hearing Children: A Bilingual Introductionby Deborah Chen Pichler, Marlon Kuntze, Diane Lillo-Martin, Ronice Müller de Quadros, and Marianne Rossi Stumpf

This video textbook, signed entirely in ASL, offers an accessible introduction to first, second, and bilingual language acquisition, focusing on sign languages as the primary frame of reference. 

Sign Language Studies

This quarterly journal presents a singular forum for groundbreaking research on the language, culture, history, and literature of signing communities and signed languages. Check out the articles below, which we made available free to all readers in celebration of International Week of the Deaf 2020:

Linguistic Ethnography and Sign Language Studies, by Annelies Kusters and Lynn Hou

Filmmaking in a Linguistic Ethnography of Deaf Tourist Encounters, by Erin Moriarty