NZSL / Deaf Studies FAQs
Manually Coded English
Manually coded English is a general term used to describe a variety of visual communication methods expressed through the hands which attempt to represent the English language. Unlike Deaf Sign Language e.g. New Zealand Sign Language, which have evolved naturally in Deaf Communities, the different forms of Manually coded English were artificially created and generally follow the grammar of English. Two examples of manually coded English are Sign Supported English and Australasian Signed English.