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Analysing Sign Language Poetry
 
 
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12 Nov 2004
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This is the first book to focus entirely on the analysis of sign language poetry. Richly illustrated with images taken from poetry performances, the book draws mainly on the work of Dorothy Miles in both British and American Sign languages, but the analytical tools developed here are also used in examining recent work by Paul Scott and other sign language poets, exploring the elements of text and performance that can inform and challenge our understanding of poetry more generally. Topics covered include the use of repetition and symmetry, the importance of visual neologisms for aesthetic effect and the creation of metaphor and ambiguity. With an Afterword by Paddy Ladd, the critical analysis of the poetry is set within the framework of an appreciation of Deaf culture and Deaf communities.


Description

This is the first book to focus entirely on the analysis of sign language poetry. Richly illustrated with images taken from poetry performances, the book draws mainly on the work of Dorothy Miles in both British and American Sign languages, but the analytical tools developed here are also used in examining recent work by Paul Scott and other sign language poets, exploring the elements of text and performance that can inform and challenge our understanding of poetry more generally. Topics covered include the use of repetition and symmetry, the importance of visual neologisms for aesthetic effect and the creation of metaphor and ambiguity. With an Afterword by Paddy Ladd, the critical analysis of the poetry is set within the framework of an appreciation of Deaf culture and Deaf communities.


Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Some General Points about Sign Languages
What is Sign Language Poetry?
Repetition In Sign Language Poetry
Symmetry and Balance
Neologisms
Ambiguity
Themes in Sign Poetry
Metaphor and Allusion
The Poem and Performance
Blended Sign Language Poetry and Spoken Language
The Hang Glider
Trio
Five Senses and Three Queens
Afterword by; Paddy Ladd
Appendix: Texts of Poems
Notes
Bibliography
Index


Authors

RACHEL SUTTON-SPENCE is Senior Lecturer in Deaf Studies at the University of Bristol, UK. 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.

PADDY LADD is Senior Lecturer in Deaf Studies at the University of Bristol, UK.

GILLIAN RUDD is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English at Liverpool University, UK.