Sign Language Studies (SLS) is an important source of research articles on signed communication, primarily but not exclusively sign languages of the deaf. The founding editor was William C. Stokoe, the first person to apply linguistic principles to American Sign Language. Dr. Stokoe owned the journal from its beginning in 1972 until about 1993. From 1994 to 1996, Sign Media, Inc. published SLS. Publication resumed in 2000 (starting with Volume 1 again) when SLS was purchased by Gallaudet University Press.