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Cherology (from Greek:
"hand") is the sign-language
equivalent of phonology.
It is cognitively equivalent to the phonology of oral languages.
The term is not widely used in the academic literature.
The words cherology and chereme
were coined in 1960 by William
Stokoe at Gallaudet
University as part of an attempt to demonstrate that
sign languages are true and full languages, but that position
is now universally accepted and there is no longer felt
a need to demonstrate it through terminology.
Published - November 2008