Some communication modes which deaf people use are American Sign Language (ASL) or a visual form of English such as Signed English, Signed Exact English or Cued Speech. ASL has its own sentence structure, grammatical principles, and semantics. It is not related to spoken or written English. Signed English uses the individual signs of ASL and puts them in English word order. Signed Exact English (SEE) and other similar signing systems were fabricated by educators in the hopes of teaching English to the deaf. Cued Speech is a way to manually ‘cue’ a lipreader as to what is being said on the mouth.
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