National Cued Speech Association

International Languages / Dialects

Adapting Cued Speech to Additional Languages

- by R. Orin Cornett

As of October, 1993, Cued Speech had been adapted to 56 languages and major dialects. In most of these adaptations, the writer had the assistance of one or more native speakers of the target language. In a few cases he had advice from experts on the phonetic and phonological aspects of the language in question. Other persons produced five of the adaptations (Alu, Malagasy, Maltese, Korean and Polish) with little or no guidance from the writer.

Persons other than the writer will likely produce increasing numbers A adaptations to other languages. This article is intended to provide guidance and suggestions that will facilitate such adaptations. It aims to furnish the benefit of experience gained in the original design of Cued Speech and its adaptation to 50 languages by the writer. It will summarize the following:
  1. The basic theory of Cued Speech
  2. Procedures followed in grouping the phonemes of American English in the basic version of Cued Speech
  3. Recommended procedures for adapting Cued Speech to additional languages
  4. The timing movements of Cued Speech
  5. Special problems encountered in adapting CS to various languages

List of Dialects

Afrikaans*
Alu
American English*
Arabic*
Australian English
Bengali*
British (Standard Southern)*
Byelorussian
Cantonese (Chinese) *
Catalan*
Croatian-Serbian
Czech
Danish*
Dutch*
Filipino-Tagalog*
Finnish and Finnish-Swedish
French*
French-Canadian
German*
Greek*
Gujarati
Hausa
Hawaiian
Hebrew*
Hindi*
Hungarian
Idoma-Nigeria
Igbo*
Indonesian*
Italian*
Japanese*
Kiluba-Kituba
Korean*
Lingala
Malagasy
Malay*
Malayalam*
Maltese
Mandarin*
Marathi*
Navaho
Oriya*
Polish
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Portuguese (European)
Punjabi Lahore Region
Russian*
Scottish English
Setswana*
Shona
Somali
South African English*
Spanish*
Swahili
Swedish
Swiss German
Telegu
Thai*
Trinidad-Tobago (English)*
Tshiluba
Turkish*
Urdu
Yoroba Nigerian
*Audiotape lessons are available - All charts above are in PDF
and require Adobe Reader which you can download from the link directly below.     

Adobe Logo - DownloadDownload Adobe Acrobat Reader »
(required to view PDFs)
  • National Cued Speech Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing on Facebook
  • Nuby, Inc - High Quality, Chemical Free Baby Products
  • Deaf Childrens Literacy Project Charity, Improving Literacy for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
  • Sarina Roffe Management, Marketing & Consulting - New York City, New York
  • Deaf Childrens Literacy Project champions literacy and phonetics for families of deaf and hard of hearing children
  • Coach John Brubaker Consulting | Motivational Speaker
Clickable Ads - NCSA Sponsors