manual alphabet


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manual alphabet

manual alphabet

n.
An alphabet used for communication by hearing-impaired people in which finger positions represent the letters.

man′ual al′phabet

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n.
a set of finger configurations corresponding to the letters of the alphabet, used by the deaf in fingerspelling.
[1860–65]
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Noun1.manual alphabet - an alphabet used by the deafmanual alphabet - an alphabet used by the deaf; letters are represented by finger positions
alphabet - a character set that includes letters and is used to write a language
American sign language, ASL - the sign language used in the United States
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This was the period, about three months after she had commenced, that the first report of her case was made, in which it was stated that "she has just learned the manual alphabet, as used by the deaf mutes, and it is a subject of delight and wonder to see how rapidly, correctly, and eagerly, she goes on with her labours.
When left alone, she seems very happy if she have her knitting or sewing, and will busy herself for hours; if she have no occupation, she evidently amuses herself by imaginary dialogues, or by recalling past impressions; she counts with her fingers, or spells out names of things which she has recently learned, in the manual alphabet of the deaf mutes.
During the year she has attained great dexterity in the use of the manual alphabet of the deaf mutes; and she spells out the words and sentences which she knows, so fast and so deftly, that only those accustomed to this language can follow with the eye the rapid motions of her fingers.
Informative, detailed, illustrated, and enhanced with the inclusion of a Handshape Typology, an American Manual alphabet, as well as a listing of Symbols and Conventions, "A Historical and Etymological Dictionary of American Sign Language" is a critically important and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library American Sign Language reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.
In 1887, in Tuscumbia, Alabama, teacher Anne Sullivan achieved a breakthrough as her 6-year-old deaf-blind pupil, Helen Keller, learned the meaning of the word ''water'' as spelled out in the Manual Alphabet.
The book includes b&w photos of signs and sign sequences on every page, plus signs for the manual alphabet and a glossary of signs, along with reproducible simple line drawings to use in activities.
She receives a good deal of support from her family and Social Services allocates her seven hours with a guide communicator, who helps her speak to others using the deafblind manual alphabet, spelling words into her hand by touch.
The editors have even included a Braille alphabet for communicating effectively with the blind and a manual alphabet for working with the hearing impaired.
Using the deaf/blind manual alphabet (spelling out words on someone's palm), he says: "My sight started going when I was young and then slowly deteriorated.