Last night I was driving my daughter S. home to her flat, and we were looking at personalised number plates. KRE81V was easy enough to figure out, YTLFNT was harder until S. came up with "white elephant".
I have been wondering, can deaf people (those whose only "spoken" language is sign) work out the meaning of these number plates? It seems to me that they rely heavily on the sound associations of the letters and numbers used. Do deaf people have any concept of the sounds? And what about deaf poetry? I am envisaging a poetry where word selection depends not on the sounds of the words but on the beauty of the associated signs. It would be closely related to dance.
Can anyone enlighten me? Am I right, or way off the mark?