chereme

chereme

[ker-eem]
noun Linguistics.
any of a small set of elements, analogous to the phoneme in speech, proposed as the basic structural units by which the signs of a sign language are represented, and including the handshapes, hand movements, and locations of the hands in relation to the body employed in a particular sign language.
Compare allocher.


Origin:
irregular < Greek cheír hand (cf. chiro-) + -eme; coined by U.S. linguist William C. Stokoe (born 1919) in 1960

cheremic [kuh-ree-mik, ke-] , adjective
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