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Princeton's WordNet

  1. visible speech(noun)

    a phonetic alphabet invented by Melville Bell in the 19th century

  2. visible speech(noun)

    spectrogram of speech; speech displayed spectrographically


  1. Visible Speech

    Visible Speech is the writing system used by Alexander Melville Bell, who was known internationally as a teacher of speech and proper elocution and an author of books on the subject. The system is composed of symbols that show the position and movement of the throat, tongue, and lips as they produce the sounds of language, and it is a type of phonetic notation. The system was used to aid the deaf in learning to speak. In 1864 Melville promoted his first works on Visible Speech, in order to help the deaf both learn and improve upon their aural speech. To help promote the language, Bell created two written short forms using his system of 29 modifiers and tones, 52 consonants, 36 vowels and a dozen diphthongs: they were named World English, which was similar to the International Phonetic Alphabet, and also Line Writing, used as a shorthand form for stenographers. Melville's works on Visible Speech became highly notable, and were described by Édouard Seguin as being "...a greater invention than the telephone of his son, Alexander Graham Bell". Melville saw numerous applications for his invention, including its worldwide use as a universal language. However, although heavily promoted at the Second International Congress on Education of the Deaf in Milan, Italy in 1880, after a period of a dozen years or so in which it was applied to the education of the deaf, Visible Speech was found to be more cumbersome, and thus a hindrance, to the teaching of speech to the deaf, compared to other methods, and eventually faded from use.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of visible speech in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of visible speech in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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