By Rachel Sutton-Spence
This new learn is an immense contribution to signal language learn and to literature often, taking a look at the advanced grammatical, phonological and morphological structures of signal language linguistic constitution and their function in signal language poetry and function. Chapters take care of repetition and rhyme, symmetry and stability, neologisms, ambiguity, topics, 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 analyzed utilizing the instruments supplied within the publication
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Many signs associated with mental processes are made at the forehead and temple regions, in both ASL and BSL. Many signs associated with emotions are made at the chest. There is also a general association of ‘head ϭ thought’ for many signs, although some mental process signs are not made at the head (such as PLAN and DECIDE in BSL) and there are signs unrelated to mental processes that are made at the head (such as BAPTISE and SHEEP in BSL). Just as with handshapes, again, there are two options for obtrusively regular locations to occur poetically: repetitive use of the same location, and patterns of systematically varying locations.
Poetry is not essential for communication, and basic communication can occur perfectly well without it. Indeed, what we call sign language poetry does not appear to have existed before the late 1960s, so we should ask why it exists now. In some unpublished notes from the early 1990s (undated), Dorothy Miles wrote about sign language poetry: ‘Aim: To What is Sign Language Poetry? ’ It might seem a grand aim, but maybe in its implications that is what sign language poetry can be for. One reason that sign language poetry exists is because there are at least a few people who compose and perform it.
In these three sequences, the handshapes of the signs spell the word ‘flash’ successively, first in reverse, then forward, then in reverse again. And, as the whole poem is about speed and running, the handshapes in the poem’s signs are directly related to the content of the poem. In Flash, the signs are not initialised, but in another of Valli’s poems, Something Not Right, almost all of the signs are initialised. The poem describes how the tendency to prescribe medical cures for deafness and insistence on speech acquisition for Deaf children have failed the very Deaf children they were supposed to help.