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Creating a 
New Cued Language

What Does it Take to Make a Language Visual?

Adapting cueing to a spoken language requires a deep understanding of the interface between phonetics and phonology. Additionally, it's essential to follow the principles of cueing design defined by its inventor, Dr. R. Orin Cornett. The Académie has assembled an international group of cuers with linguistics training to support new adaptations of cueing to spoken languages. Supplemental guidelines were established to assist in prioritization of objectives. Those who wish to work on a new adaptation or to request one should contact AISAC.


The process of adapting Cued Speech to other languages requires taking many considerations into account. It is not as simple as assigning phonemes to cues based on visual contrast. 

Academy members follow the principles established by Dr. Cornett. These can be reviewed in his paper on the subject.

Creating a New Cued Language: About Us

Cornett's Principles

A number of important considerations were outlined by Dr. Cornett in this paper published in the Cued Speech Journal (1994). Additionally, the International Committee has identified a number of additional considerations including maximal overlap between adaptations, apply a one-to-one cue-to-phoneme correspondence, consider the role of phonology and cue assignment to enhance acquisition and fluency.

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Additional Considerations for New Cued Languages

This paper provides an overview of the considerations that went into creating Visual Amharic. In creating that system, Shull adhered to Dr. Cornett's principles and devised additional considerations. [Download the full paper

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For Those Seeking to Adapt CS

For those who have or wish to create a novel adaptation, we encourage you to reach out to the academy early. We encourage academy member support to ensure the final product will be ready for certification to be added to the canon of cued languages. Charts should be submitted using the International Phonetic Alphabet with a document explaining the rationale and supports for cue assignment.

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Request an Adaptation

The International Academy convenes once each year to set the annual agenda and prioritize those languages which will be newly adapted. Use the form below to request an adaptation. Where possible, provide as much detail about the nature and scope of the need fo your request.
Your request will be considered with others received for the year.

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