Analysing Sign Language Poetry

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This new study is a major contribution to sign language study and to literature generally, looking at the complex grammatical, phonological and morphological systems of sign language linguistic structure and their role in sign language poetry and performance. Chapters deal with repetition and rhyme, symmetry and balance, neologisms, ambiguity, themes, metaphor and allusion, poem and performance, and blending English and sign language poetry. Major poetic performances in both BSL and ASL—with emphasis on the work ...

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Overview

This new study is a major contribution to sign language study and to literature generally, looking at the complex grammatical, phonological and morphological systems of sign language linguistic structure and their role in sign language poetry and performance. Chapters deal with repetition and rhyme, symmetry and balance, neologisms, ambiguity, themes, metaphor and allusion, poem and performance, and blending English and sign language poetry. Major poetic performances in both BSL and ASL—with emphasis on the work of the deaf poet Dorothy Miles—are analyzed using the tools provided in the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230217096
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Sutton-Spence is Lecturer in Deaf Studies at the Centre for Deaf Studies at the University of Bristol. She researches and teaches on sign language linguistics and the social context of sign languages as well as on sign language poetry. She is the co-author ( with Bencie Woll) of The Linguistics of British Sign Language, which won the British Association of Applied Linguistics award and the Deaf Nation Award in 1999.

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Table of Contents

1 Some general points about sign languages 1
2 What is sign language poetry? 13
3 Repetition in sign language poetry 25
4 Symmetry and balance 55
5 Neologisms 69
6 Ambiguity 87
7 Themes in sign poetry 101
8 Metaphor and allusion 116
9 The poem and performance 128
10 Blended sign language and spoken language poetry 148
11 The hang glider 168
12 Trio 183
13 Five senses and three queens 199
14 Afterword 225
App Texts of poems 240
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