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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, Herb is probably right, that you're thinking of Blissymbolics or Bliss Symbols. I think it was even invented in UK. I recently heard a podcast about the inventor (named, of course, Bliss), which you can hear here: became-bliss/. (RadioLab is one of my favorite podcasts) Your search might have been hampered by your use of the term "deaf-mute;" The mute part has gone out of fashion, particularly since the vast majority of deaf people have nothing wrong with their vocal tracts.
Reply From: Susan D Fischer      click here to access email
Date: 18-Mar-2013
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  1. Re: Picture Writing    Marilyn N Silva     (18-Mar-2013)
  2. Re: Picture Writing    Herbert Frederic Stahlke     (18-Mar-2013)

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