So, as it turns out, I learnt a sign for “radio” tonight, as a Deaf guy was asking me if a particular sound he was hearing was a radio or people talking.
It looks too much like the signs for “California” and “why”. I guess mouthing would help distinguish them. And context. Homophones (or, in this cast, homocheres, I think) always make learning a language just a tad bit more…
Don’t you think?
The term “cherelogy” is used in ASL linguistics to refer to the sign equivalent of phonology. So, chereme is to phoneme as homochere is to homophone. This nomenclature doesn’t seem to be used so much among ASL linguists, but my JSL teacher used it while teaching us.