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By R. Sutton-Spence

ISBN-10: 0230217095

ISBN-13: 9780230217096

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ISBN-13: 9780230513907

This new learn is a big contribution to signal language learn and to literature mostly, 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 care for 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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BLUE is also articulated high up in the same area as SKY, creating the neologism BLUE-SKY (Fig. 14). Clayton Valli’s Deaf World uses signs located at different heights throughout the poem. All the signs are located in the right-hand side of the signing space but at first they are located at waist-height, then signs are made in a plane slightly higher, then the plane is raised again, until finally the signs are made at head-height. The use of space here is not just for aesthetics but reflects how a Deaf person’s confidence grows (moves up, and becomes more ‘positive’) as he or she physically grows.

Paul Scott’s Five Senses (p. 252) and Dorothy Miles’ Trio (p. 249) are BSL poems where the beauty and potential of sign language are shown very clearly. For a people who have been told for too long that their language is inferior to spoken language, this elevation of sign language allows them to take pride in their language and their identity. As Dorothy Miles said, sign poetry can change the world. Dorothy Miles’ contribution to sign language poetry Dorothy Miles was the key figure in modern sign poetry, and although we will refer to the work of several other sign poets in this book, much of our analysis will be based on her poems.

3), and sign language poetry also enables Deaf people to realise themselves through their creativity. Poetry can empower both the poet and the audience. In our society, which values the rights of the individual, we should not be surprised that one claim for the purpose of poetry is that it benefits the poet. It allows poets to express their emotions and to understand themselves and their world a little more. Indeed, from her unpublished notes, it is clear that Dorothy Miles strongly believed that one aim for sign language poetry is to satisfy ‘the need for self-identity through creative work’, and she listed some of her more personal poems under the heading ‘My Point of View’.

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