Abstract

We begin with a brief sketch of the signed language used by the Iranian Deaf community: Zaban Eshareh Irani (ZEI). Then we discuss a system that is frequently employed in signed languages—finger-spelling—which is the representation of characters in written systems by using conventionalized handshapes. Using ZEI naturalistic data, we describe a manual alphabet system (referred to as the Baghcheban phonetic alphabet in this article) that somewhat resembles Cued Speech but has features similar to those of many fingerspelling systems.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1533-6263
Print ISSN
0302-1475
Pages
pp. 500-534
Launched on MUSE
2016-07-31
Open Access
No
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