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Subject: Picture Writing
Question: I'm trying to track down a system of picture-writing, I think invented by
a Canadian in the 20th c, and I think intended for the use of deaf-
mutes, which is independent of any particular spoken language and
attempts to provide a way of saying anything one might want to purely
via unpronounced written symbols. Unfortunately I cannot remember
the name (otherwise Google would take me straight to it). Can any
panelist help, please?

Geoff Sampson

Reply: Geoff,

You may be thinking of Blissymoblics, a system developed by Charles Bliss and used with the deaf and other groups with language disabilities. I don't know if it's in current use, but I know it was big in the 70s and 80s. Amazon has several things on it.


Reply From: Herbert Frederic Stahlke      click here to access email
Date: 18-Mar-2013
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  1. Re: Picture Writing    Susan D Fischer     (18-Mar-2013)
  2. Re: Picture Writing    Marilyn N Silva     (18-Mar-2013)

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