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In this version of sign language the vocal tract would be
mapped onto the body and face and words could be
by using one hand to imitate a tongue and the other to
point to the part of the vocal tract was making the sound.
Maybe the "g" sound would be mapped to the chin and the
and 'b' sound mapped to the top of the head? Or maybe
"g" would be better around the torso.
The advantage of a language like this would be that it would
allow vocalizers to be able to express themselves visually
without having to learn a new language, so they would learn
faster and barriers would be broken
||I'm not sure how this would help the deaf, since any form of language based on sound necessarily requires that they memorize the sounds of words, which of course is a frustrating exercise. VISL would add the extra burden of determining exactly HOW hearing people form the sounds, as well as studying inflection, accent, etc.
||Being fluent in regular sign language (ASL) I can state definitively that there is no lack of expressiveness or
meaning for people who skillfully use sign when compared with hearing people who use english.
||Oh, and as a side point, any deaf who would be interested in VISL would be those who are already studying or fluent in lip reading and speech. Deaf who use sign would be, at the least, affronted by your suggestion.
||Sorry, fish for you. But, since you seem interested, I would suggest a few terms of sign language classes, to introduce you to this beautiful, evocative and comprehensive form of communication. There really isn't need for a replacement...
||By "more expressive" I was thinking from the perspective
of someone who is trying to learn sign. One advantage of
a language like this would be that it would allow
vocalizers to be able to express themselves visually
without having to learn a new language, so they would
learn faster and barriers would be broken.