Musical Visual Vernacular: How the deaf people translate the sound vibrations into the sign language: An example from Italy

Autor/a: ZAGHETTO, Anna Ambra
Año: 2012
Editorial: Signata, Annals of Semiotics, Vol. 3 (2012)
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Historia, Arte y Cultura, Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


Musical Visual Vernacular (VVm) is a new expression style developed amog Italian deaf people from 2008. VVm represents a new way of sign articulation related to the perception of the sound vibrations. Till now, only two VVm examples are known, and these are two Italian works-art. The analysis of VVm performances (videorecording) clarifies the evolution of this style and his structure and organization. Data, collected between 2010 and 2011, show that VVm performances are based on the correlation of two different semantic dominions: on the one hand, the linguistic dominion (sign language), and, on the other hand, the music/sound dominion. The result is highly iconic and it can be defined as a sequence of images (based on the linguistic system) equally undertsndable by deaf or hearing audience. In this perspective linguistic and music signs are combined to create a new semiological space in which new meanings crop out from a common ground layer.