Analysing Sign Language Poetry

Paperback | December 15, 2008

byRachel Sutton-Spence

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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 of the deaf poet Dorothy Miles -- are analyzed using the tools provided in the book.

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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, am...

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 Associ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:266 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:December 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230217095

ISBN - 13:9780230217096

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Table of 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