By R. Sutton-Spence
This new examine is a massive contribution to signal language research and to literature commonly, 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, 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 analysed utilizing the instruments supplied within the book.
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It can be a part of the sign’s essential make-up because each sign must have a movement parameter, even if that movement element happens to be ‘no movement’ or ‘hold’. Using several signs that share the same basic, formational movement in the same poem creates some sort of poetic movement pattern. Alternatively, the movement could be something additional to the basic form of the sign and be a part of the grammatical meaning. We will consider this sort of grammatical movement later, in our discussion of grammatical repetition.
Several signs, including the final sign EQUALITY combine a circular movement with a forward movement. The English version of the final verse and the chorus of The BDA is … may be seen in the Appendix (p. 240). The gloss of the BSL version runs as follows (circular movements are marked with a ‘c’ and forward movements are marked with an ‘f’): NINETEEN NINETY WEcf INCREASEf STRONGf PRINCESSf -d-i- TOP SHE CAN’Tcf GOf WRONG 38 Analysing Sign Language Poetry WE-ALLc MOVE-FORWARD/CONTINUEf WORKc WILLc SEEf FULLCOMPLETEcf ALLcf DEAF OUT-OF-SHELLf -b-d-a- WHOc YOU-ALLc MEc TOGETHERc Ic FIGHTf ACHIEVEc EQUALITYcf Repeated speed and timing of movements are used carefully in the Seasons haiku verses (p.
1995: pp. 122–3) Translation of written poetry into sign language, as we have seen, was popular in the years before Dorothy started her own original compositions and it still continues alongside original composition. A great difference between the translations and the original compositions, however, was that the signer devising the translation was working with 24 Analysing Sign Language Poetry the ideas and emotions of someone else, usually hearing poets. When signers compose their own poem in sign language, they are not only free to use the language they find most comfortable, but can also express their own ideas and emotions.
Analysing Sign Language Poetry by R. Sutton-Spence