- the representation in graphic or pictorial form of characteristics of speech, as by means of sound spectrograms.
- the system of handwritten phonetic symbols invented by Melville Bell in 1867 to provide a visually comprehensible rendition of speech sounds.
Origin of visible speech
First recorded in 1850–55
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- a system of phonetic notation invented by Alexander Melville Bell (1819–1905) that utilized symbols based on the schematic representation of the articulations used for each speech sound
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