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© 2005

Analysing Sign Language Poetry

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Rachel Sutton-Spence
    Pages 1-12
  3. Rachel Sutton-Spence
    Pages 13-24
  4. Rachel Sutton-Spence
    Pages 25-54
  5. Rachel Sutton-Spence
    Pages 55-68
  6. Rachel Sutton-Spence
    Pages 69-86
  7. Rachel Sutton-Spence
    Pages 87-100
  8. Rachel Sutton-Spence
    Pages 101-115
  9. Rachel Sutton-Spence
    Pages 116-127
  10. Rachel Sutton-Spence
    Pages 128-147
  11. Rachel Sutton-Spence
    Pages 148-167
  12. Rachel Sutton-Spence
    Pages 168-182
  13. Rachel Sutton-Spence
    Pages 183-198
  14. Rachel Sutton-Spence
    Pages 199-224
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 240-265

About this book

Introduction

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 analysed using the tools provided in the book.

Keywords

poem poet poetry

About the authors

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 Association of Applied Linguistics award and the Deaf Nation Award in 1999.

PADDY LADD is Senior Lecturer in Deaf Studies at the University of Bristol, UK.

GILLIAN RUDD is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English at Liverpool University, UK.

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