A semiotic analysis of artistic American Sign Language and a Performance of Poetry

Autor/a: ROSE, Heidi M.
Año: 1992
Editorial: Text & Perfomance QuarterlY 12:2 (1992) PP. 146-160
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


Research has shown that English and American Sign Language (ASL) are distinct languages and communicative forms. Because English is an auditory‐vocal language and ASL is a visual‐gestural language, the translation process from one to the other is complicated. This essay explores the intersemiotic translation and performance of a written poem to artistic ASL, focusing specifically on the visual nature of ASL and the function of its manual and nonmanual components. The value of the analysis is in the recognition of the centrality of the image, or icon, in ASL, and in studying ASL's unique blend of language and gesture for its impact on performance studies.