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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 might be thinking of Bell's Visible Speech. It was an
invention of Alexander Melville Bell, the father of Graham Bell. He
hailed from Scotland, but later moved to Canada. Here's the
Wikipedia link:
Reply From: Marilyn N Silva      click here to access email
Date: 18-Mar-2013
Other Replies:
  1. Re: Picture Writing    Susan D Fischer     (18-Mar-2013)
  2. Re: Picture Writing    Herbert Frederic Stahlke     (18-Mar-2013)

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