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By Rachel Sutton-Spence

This new examine is a massive contribution to signal language research and to literature mostly, taking a look at the advanced grammatical, phonological and morphological platforms of signal language linguistic constitution and their position 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 analyzed utilizing the instruments supplied within the publication

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However, STAND-UP-DOLL and STAB-DOLL-WITHSWORD are signed at the same location in signing space and their shared handshapes link them further. When Dorothy role-shifts to show the child using the sword, the sword thrust is made with an ‘A’ handshape at exactly the location of the paper doll, giving a lovely image of the sibling rivalry at Christmas (Fig. 10). "’ The snakes and ladders game is particularly dominated by the ‘V handshape. Although this is a relatively unusual, marked handshape, Dorothy uses it here with comic effect by drawing together the snake with movement up and down ladders.

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. The ‘half-way-house’ style that Dorothy developed, of writing poems that worked in English and ASL simultaneously, was the next crucial step in sign poetry. At last she could express her own ideas and emotions in ASL, even if they were also expressed in English. It is possible, as Alec Ormsby has suggested, that the signed poems in her Gestures collection needed the poetic prestige of English in order to be taken seriously by a world that still doubted the ability of ASL to create poetry at all.

S) NOT (A) ME (L) WOWSKILL-CAN-DO! (F). 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.

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