LINGUIST List 16.271

Thu Jan 27 2005

Books: Ling & Lit, Sign Language: Sutton-Spence

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        1.    Palgrave Macmillan, Analysing Sign Language Poetry: Sutton-Spence

Message 1: Analysing Sign Language Poetry: Sutton-Spence

Date: 19-Jan-2005
From: Palgrave Macmillan <>
Subject: Analysing Sign Language Poetry: Sutton-Spence

Title: Analysing Sign Language Poetry
Published: 2004
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Book URL:

Author: Rachel Sutton-Spence, University of Bristol

Hardback: ISBN: 1403935076 Pages: 288 Price: U.K. £ 50


This is the first book to focus entirely on the analysis of sign language
poetry. Richly illustrated with images taken from poetry performances, the
book draws mainly on the work of Dorothy Miles in both British and American
Sign languages, but the analytical tools developed here are also used in
examining recent work by Paul Scott and other sign language poets,
exploring the elements of text and performance that can inform and
challenge our understanding of poetry more generally. Topics covered
include the use of repetition and symmetry, the importance of visual
neologisms for aesthetic effect and the creation of metaphor and ambiguity.
With an Afterword by Paddy Ladd, the critical analysis of the poetry is set
within the framework of an appreciation of Deaf culture and Deaf communities.

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature

Subject Language(s): American Sign Language (ASE)
                            British Sign Language (BHO)

Written In: English (ENG )

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