Date: Wed Dec 6, 2000 5:41
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: facial expressions and lip-reading
Angus wrote :
" I'm taking a class in spoken-language phonetics right now, and
it's interesting to learn all the different methods that people have come
up with for speech synthesis."
Hi Angus and listmembers,
" keyword : different methods ...speech ...
as you might know - German is a difficult language to learn for the deaf
In the first phase of first class we concentrate very much on getting
familiar with the letters of the alphabet and their pronounciation within a
The first time when I showed my new system of SW articulation-signs to the
list, Valerie was very amused because it is so difficult to compare our
German sound for the letter A and the English or American version - I guess
it depends on my German accent - as well
Nevertheless - I succeeded to develop a whole set of sound-signs for the
German Language which is a tremendous help for my students to improve their
articulation - or to get started from the beginning ;-)
The good experiences with this system are wonderfull.
Looking and concentrating on these SW- faces - my students improved a lot to
get informations from looking at my mouth when Iīm speaking to them : short
words, their names, special phonems ...
They learn to concentrate on lipreading much better !!!
I would like to ask you or other interested SW -listmembers if they can
imagine of any improvements ?
Especially the following problem needs a solution: I havenīt decided yet how
to indicate the long-vocal sounds compared to the vocals of normal lenght.
Only about 30 percent of the articulation can be identified clearly from the
lips of the speaker. Within my system I added the "aspiration" - lines for
voiceless sounds. Sometimes I added handshapes in order to inform about the
sound ( d vs. t etc)
The foto shows Irina - explaining the SW-faces to the students .
All the best Stefan ;-)
SW cued speech Irina M.jpg