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visible speech

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A system of phonetic notation used as an aid for teaching speech to hearing-impaired people and consisting of diagrams of the organs of speech in the various positions required to articulate sounds.

visible speech

n
(Phonetics & Phonology) a system of phonetic notation invented by Alexander Melville Bell (1819–1905) that utilized symbols based on the schematic representation of the articulations used for each speech sound

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1. a system of phonetic symbols developed by Alexander Melville Bell in 1867 to represent the position of the speech organs in articulating sounds.
2. the visual representation of characteristics of speech, as by sound spectrograms.
[1850–55]
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Noun1.visible speech - a phonetic alphabet invented by Melville Bell in the 19th century
phonetic alphabet, sound alphabet - an alphabet of characters intended to represent specific sounds of speech
2.visible speech - spectrogram of speech; speech displayed spectrographically
spectrogram, spectrograph - a photographic record of a spectrum
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Among his topics are telegraph and post, wiring Meiji Japan: from Hokusai's postcard to Mokuami's telegraph, Japanese in plain English, parsing visible speech, the haunted origins of modern Japanese literature, and scratching records with Soseki's cat.
His often over-bearing father, Melville--probably George Bernard Shaw's model for Professor Henry Higgins in Pygmalion--was a self-taught elocution teacher and champion of Visible Speech, a series of symbols he created to represent sounds.
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