Cued Speech is a communication system (not a language system) consisting of
- Manual parameters (handshape and movement/placement)
- Non-manual parameters (speech reading)
The system is a series of handshapes formed near the mouth to represent a spoken or a written form of English. There are 8 handshapes, 4 placements, and a combination of movements that make up the English Cueing System.
- The handshape represents the English consonant that is spoken or written.
- The placement of the handshape is the vowel that is spoken or written.
- The movement of the hand represents the diphthongs vowels of English.
“The system is designed as follows: consonants that look alike on the mouth are assigned different handshapes. Vowel phonemes that look similar on the mouth have different hand locations and movements. This allows the cuer to portray the meaningful sounds of the spoken language visually and without any ambiguity to the ‘cue reader'” (Franklin, H. & Montgomery, J., 2013, Pg. 2).
Below you will find a chart of all the manual parameters founds in Cued Speech for American English
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