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Living with Deafblindness

Signed English

Manually Coded English is a term that involves various visual communication methods. These attempt to represent the English language. Signed English is one of these forms.

In Signed English every word of a spoken sentence is signed.  It uses English language grammar and not the grammar of deaf sign languages. It is comprised of a vocabulary of borrowed and made up signs and fingerspelling.

For example, in Australia, Signed English is made of signs and fingerspelling borrowed from Auslan and some adapted and made up signs . The order of the signs match spoken word order. Fingerspelling and made up signs are used as grammatical markers and words that do not exist in native sign languages. The aim is to represent spoken grammar.
Signed English was created to assist in English literacy development of deaf children who use sign language. This communication tool was developed by teachers of the deaf and other professionals.