Some General Points about Sign Languages
This book is concerned with signed poetry, the highest art form of sign languages. As such, it celebrates and analyses both that art and the language used to express it. Before embarking on a study of sign language poetry, however, it might be useful to review some general and important points about sign languages and about the social issues surrounding the history of sign languages and the Deaf people who use them.1 These aspects are crucial to this study because sign language poetry has emerged from, and draws upon, the particular social and linguistic heritage of sign languages.
KeywordsSign Language American Sign Language Deaf Child Deaf People Deaf Community
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- Those readers who would like to know more about the linguistics of American Sign Language are directed to Clayton Valli and Ceil Lucas, Linguistics of American Sign Language (Washington DC: Gallaudet University Press, 1992)Google Scholar
- Both are introductory texts to sign linguistics. Paddy Ladd’s Understanding Deaf Culture (Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2003) is a good introduction to the social context in which sign languages are used.Google Scholar