In everyday language, ambiguity is usually best avoided, but in poetry it allows poets to convey extra meaning without using any extra words. If a word or phrase could have more than one interpretation — and if each interpretation could possibly make sense within the context of the poem — ambiguity can be used to great effect. Although ambiguity in sign language poems can arise from established, frozen signs with more than one meaning (just as in spoken languages) productive signs are especially important for ambiguity because of the way that visual motivation is used as part of the sign-formation processes in sign languages.
KeywordsSign Language Single Person Productive Sign Minimal Transition Single Finger
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