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|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: http://www.radiolab.org/2012/dec/17/man- 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.|
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