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By R. Sutton-Spence

This new examine is an enormous contribution to signal language learn and to literature normally, taking a look at the complicated grammatical, phonological and morphological structures of signal language linguistic constitution and their position in signal language poetry and function. Chapters take care of repetition and rhyme, symmetry and stability, neologisms, ambiguity, subject matters, metaphor and allusion, poem and function, and mixing English and signal language poetry. significant poetic performances in either BSL and ASL - with emphasis at the paintings of the deaf poet Dorothy Miles - are analysed utilizing the instruments supplied within the book.

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3 There are four ways that two signs can share only one of the parameters (the shared parameters here are in bold type): HMLO, HMLO, HMLO and HMLO.

We can argue that she was the right person in the right place at the right time for a revolution in poetry. Non-signing poets were never going to produce sign language poetry – not even deaf poets. Skilled signers knowing nothing about poetry composition were unlikely to produce sign language poetry, either. A Deaf poet skilled in English poetry composition and skilled in a sign language was the ideal person to bring poetry to ASL. The translation of existing English poems into sign language was a useful first step in the development of sign poetry.

It is followed by GIVE-US, which uses two ‘B’ hands, palms up. The subsequent signs SHOE, CLOTHES and GOLDEN use either ‘5’ or ‘B’ handshapes and 33 ADULTS GIVE-US WELL Fig. 11 STOCKING MAGIC-SHIVERSUP-ARMS GOOD-THROUGHTIME SANTA’SSLEIGH FEEL-BUMPSDOWNSTOCKING RUNDOWNSTAIRS Fig. 12 STOCKINGLIMPLYHANGING MAGICFOLLOWS-ME DOWNSTAIRS 34 Analysing Sign Language Poetry CHAIN uses the predominantly open ‘F’ handshape. Although the sign PERHAPS uses a ‘Y’ handshape, each of the three gifts is preceded by a sign made with two ‘5’ hands, glossed as WELL, meaning something like ‘perhaps’ and this enables the poem to retain the ‘open’ pattern of signs in this section (Fig.

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