The Cued Speech adaptation for the Malagasy language was developed by Dr. R. Orin Cornett and Rev. Denis Mermod of Switzerland in 1977. This adaptation is unique in that each vowel phonemes was uniquely visible through speechreading alone. Therefore, vowel placements were not needed to differentiate the vowels. The hand simply remains at the side placement while cueing consonant phonemes. This system also differs from several other adaptations of Cued Speech in that it only uses six (6) handshapes.
Malagasy is spoken in Madagascar, the island country off the eastern coast of Africa.