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Method of communication using specific finger and hand movements, representing letters of the alphabet, to spell words.
See also: American Manual Alphabet


Method of communication using specific finger and hand movements.


n the manipulation of fingers into different positions, usually based on the manual alphabet, to represent letters of the alphabet.
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Apparently she memorized, by way of the manual alphabet, the precise language of short stories read to her by a friend in the summer of 1888; she then forgot that she had ever heard of the stories, and quite sincerely believed "The Frost King" to be her own when she published it four years later.
had learned braille a young age and, therefore, the braille alphabet was then paired with the corresponding fingerspelled manual alphabet letters.
had been established, this was then paired with the fingerspelled manual alphabet.
Expansion into the realm of the manual alphabet and sign language was a slow process for J.
and the above mentioned initial sign lexicon, including the fingerspelled manual alphabet, gave J.
He printed the title of the paper in the manual alphabet, carried news articles of particular interest to the deaf community, and often promoted the cause of deaf education and the rights of disabled persons in his editorials.
Knowledge was power, according to Backus, who felt that, in an age of progress and invention, education and information sharing promoted by his newspaper could "raise us to an equality" with the rest of the world (The Manual Alphabet [broadside], 1839).
Chico, the speech therapist, uses signs and the manual alphabet to cue Sheila's speech.
Swett and his Diorama,o an 1859 article in which Swett describes his creation of a miniature of the US Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington, as well as his article Manual Alphabets, a pamphlet published in 1875.