Visual Vernacular: an Inter and Intra Sign Language Poetry Genre Comparison

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Visual Vernacular: an Inter and Intra Sign Language Poetry Genre Comparison

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Visual Vernacular: an Inter and Intra Sign Language Poetry Genre Comparison
Author: Brandwijk, Marieke van
Issue Date: 2018-08-30
Keywords: sign language
signing
poetry
visual vernacular
iconicity
cinematographic
deaf
pantomime
sign language literature
Abstract: Within sign language poetry there is a genre that has not been the subject of scientific research yet, even though it has been around for quite some time: visual vernacular. It differentiates itself from other types of sign language literature in that it hardly ever uses anything but iconic signs, and this is what makes it internationally comprehensible across sign language borders. It is even understandable to audiences who do not have any knowledge of a sign language. Besides iconic signs, it uses many cinematographic techniques such as role switching from and to different subject or objects within the story. Visual vernacular is different from another type of sign language literature called classifier stories mainly in that the latter uses sign language specific lexicon which visual verancular does not. Another similar form of art, this time outside the sign language realm, is pantomime, but this is different from visual vernacular in many ways, one of the most prominent of which is that pantomime performers are only the storyteller whereas visual vernacular performers swith between the storyteller, main protagonist and any other subject or object in the story. By making a literary overview and using a dataset of different types of visual vernacular stories, this thesis provides an inter and intra sign language poetry genre comparison.
Supervisor: Nyst, Victoria
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Taalwetenschap (Bachelor)
Specialisation: Taal en Cognitie
ECTS Credits: 10
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/65872
 

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