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  The Axunašin syllabary
The core of the writing system is the syllabary-- the glyphs needed to write each possible Axunašin syllable.
This is not the full set of glyphs; there were 770 logographs representing individual words (including 18 used for digits and powers of ten).
It does not represent a syllabary for Wede:i: often the Axunašin glyph is based on a word glyph, not a syllable glyph.
www.zompist.com /axunwrite.htm   (292 words)

These are sometimes mistaken for syllabaries, but unlike in syllabaries, all syllables starting with the same consonant are based on the same symbol, and generally more than one symbol is needed to represent a syllable.
Compare abugida, where each grapheme typically represents a syllable but where characters representing related sounds are similar graphically (typically, a common consonantal base is annotated in a more or less consistent manner to represent the vowel in the syllable).
A work-around to this problem, common to several syllabaries around the world (including English loanwords in Japanese), is to write an echo vowel, as if the syllable coda was a second syllable: ba-gu for "bag", etc. Another common approach is to simply ignore the coda, so that "bag" would be written ba.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Syllabary   (572 words)

  An Introduction to Syllabaries and Syllabic Pattern Matching
Syllabaries such as Devanagari or Hangul use a 2nd symbol, called a diacritic, to indicate the vowel.
A syllabary can generally be expected to have nominated one form as a geometric base (the parent), the others are then considered to have been derived from that base.
Recall that our simple syllabary is a special case of an open syllabary, sufficient for laying the ground work for later working with full CVC syllabaries and syllabaries applying tones such as Yi.
syllabary.sourceforge.net /Articles/PatternMatching   (1390 words)

  New Georgia Encyclopedia: Sequoyah (ca. 1770-ca. 1840)
From the 1820s, when the syllabary became well known, until the 1960s, published accounts agreed that Sequoyah was the son of a Cherokee mother and a white father, almost certainly Nathaniel Gist, a commissioned officer in the Continental army and emissary of George Washington.
Completed in 1821, the syllabary was rapidly adopted by a large number of Cherokees, making Sequoyah the only member of an illiterate group in human history to have single-handedly devised a successful system of writing.
Sequoyah's politics and the syllabary were threats to those who portrayed Native American culture as primitive, including missionaries who sought to Christianize Indians, teach them English, and settle them in towns and farms modeled on white civilization, as well as politicians and military leaders who wanted to expropriate their lands.
www.georgiaencyclopedia.org /nge/Article.jsp?id=h-618   (915 words)

 Signs of Cherokee Culture: Sequoyah's Syllabary in Eastern Cherokee Life, by Margaret Bender. Introduction.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
For example, the syllabary is used in signs around the community to identify buildings as part of the Cherokee social and political infrastructure; these include a senior citizens' center, day care center, clinic, tribal council house, and so forth.
Because of the syllabary's polyvalence, it should not be surprising that it simultaneously provides a parallel to U.S. ideals of literacy, education, and "civilization" and points to a radical break with U.S. culture and its values.
The syllabary's complex relationship to the dominant culture is nowhere more evident than in the public space inhabited by tourists, where the syllabary serves different semiotic roles in marking spaces and objects appropriate for outsiders and in marking spaces as part of the genuine community infrastructure.
uncpress.unc.edu /chapters/bender_signs.html   (5928 words)

 WFU researcher follows signs of Cherokee culture
The Cherokee syllabary is still very much in use—in Cherokee language education, in churches, in Cherokee newspapers and other publications, she says.
The syllabary characters are also used in signs around the community to identify buildings as part of the Cherokee social and political structure, she says.
Syllabary characters also are used by the Cherokee to convey cultural pride and recognize achievements.
www.wfu.edu /www-data/wfunews/2002/072602.html   (604 words)

 Bender-Signs of Cherokee Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Soon after the Cherokees began using the syllabary as the primary means of documented communication, they achieved a higher literacy rate than their white neighbors.
In recent years, as Bender reports, use of the syllabary is on the increase in education, publications, official documentation, and public signage among the Eastern Cherokees.
It remains an important element of Cherokee identity, and use of the syllabary is seen as a means to assert that identity.
www.aaanet.org /cae/aeq/br/bender.htm   (671 words)

The development of the syllabary was one of the events which was destined to have a profound influence on our tribe’s history.
Many mixed bloods were already able to read and write in English, but the syllabary made it possible for virtually everyone in the Cherokee Nation, young and old, to master our language in a relatively short period of time.
Early the following year, the hand press and syllabary characters in type were shipped by water from Boston and transported overland the last two hundred miles by wagon to the capital of the Cherokee Nation, New Echota.
www.powersource.com /gallery/people/sequoyah.html   (668 words)

 The Hyperliterature Exchange
The Syllabary is a work in progress: in fact it may never be completed, since McCarey estimates that it will take him about 20 years to write all the poems required to fill the grid.
Assuming that the "cell" in which you have landed is not yet populated by one of McCarey's poems, you hear his voice uttering a monosyllabic word, and simultaneously the same word appears in the title-bar at the top of the screen.
Obviously McCarey's ideas about the best way to present The Syllabary are not set in stone, and this is demonstrated by the way in which he has rethought the appearance and functionality of the piece in the last couple of years.
hyperex.co.uk /reviewsyllabary.php   (3051 words)

 The Mysteries of the Japanese Iroha Syllabary
The Iroha Syllabary is an old Japanese alphabet consisting of 47 phonetic symbols.
Thus, the Iroha Syllabary indicates that God dispatched the Christ, who was supposed to bear the cross for humanity, to the earth, and that the Christ died without sin in accordance with the biblical covenant.
He is credited with all kinds of miraculous and practical abilities including flood-control and the invention of the iroha syllabary and is believed by the devout to be dormant in samadhi rather than deceased.
www2.plala.or.jp /wani-san/iroha.htm   (1572 words)

The convention of placing relatively newer characters at the end of the syllabary (including the zemede extensions) is required to maintain the Gematria encoding of the script and is also common in primary education but is generally not a concern when applied to electronic collation.
The Abugida syllabary is more familiar to the average person than is the Abegede syllabary that it is derived from.
This is not the case however as the Abugida syllabary is a simple rotation of the Abegede order intended to challenge the student who is has learned the syllabary thru rote memorization.
www.geez.org /Collation   (979 words)

 Cree syllabary, pronunciation and language
Evans' syllabary for Ojibwe consisted of just nine symbols, each of which could be written in four different orientations to indicate different vowels.
After encountering difficulties with using the Latin alphabet, he dug out his Ojibwe syllabary and adapted it to the Cree language.
Modified versions of this syllabary are used to write: Blackfoot, Ojibwe, Carrier, Slavey, Naskapi, and Inuktitut.
www.omniglot.com /writing/cree.htm   (569 words)

 ziva - afrikan alphabets   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
A syllabary is a set of characters each of which denotes a syllable rather than a single sound.
The Vai syllabary was devised by Momolu Duwalu Bukele in 1830 near Cape Mount in Liberia.
It is also a syllabary and looks "similar" to the Vai syllabary but unlike the Vai which reads from left to right, the Mende reads from right to left due to it's having been influenced by ancient pictographs and the secret scripts used to transcribe Arabic in the Hodh region of Mauritania.
www.ziva.org.zw /afrikan.htm   (1636 words)

 Cherokee syllabary and language
Sequoyah's descendants claim that he was the last surviving member of his tribe's scribe clan and the Cherokee syllabary was invented by persons unknown at a much earlier date.
By 1820 thousands of Cherokees had learnt the syllabary, and by 1830, 90% were literate in their own language.
Today the syllabary is still used, efforts are being made to revive both the Cherokee language and the Cherokee syllabary, and Cherokee courses are offered at a number of schools, colleges and universities.
www.omniglot.com /writing/cherokee.htm   (237 words)

 Sequoyah's Talking Leaves
The syllabary, officially listed as being completed in 1821, took 12 years to create.
A Japanese syllabary was developed from 5th century A. Chinese ideographic writing.
His syllabary originally contained 115 characters, but he reduced this number to 83 before its first publication.
www.ngeorgia.com /history/alphabet.html   (533 words)

 Blackfoot Syllabarium
Provided here a syllabary table: the version which was developed in the 19th century by the Anglican missionary, John William Tims.
By looking at the letter shapes, it becomes clear that the forms of most of the glyphs are based on similarly pronounced Latin letters—usually cut in half or modified in such a way that they are not symmetrical; Blackfoot syllabics must all have a 45° rotation axis.
This syllabary is extremely interesting in that it gives different vowel sounds for its directions than other languages.
www.languagegeek.com /algon/siksika/blk_syllabarium.html   (809 words)

 Inuktitut language, syllabary and pronunciation
The Inuktitut syllabary was adapted from the Cree syllabary in the late 19th century by John Horden and E. Watkins, missionaries from England.
Today the Inuktitut syllabary, which is known as titirausiq nutaaq (ᑎᑎᕋᐅᓯᖅ ᓄᑕᐊᖅ) or qaniujaaqpait (ᖃᓂᐅᔮᖅᐸᐃᑦ), is used mainly in Canada, especially in the territory of Nunavut (ᓄᓇᕗᑦ;), the population of which is 85% Inuit, and in Nunavik (ᓄᓇᕕᒃ), Quebec.
The Inuktitut syllabary consists of a small number of basis signs, the vowel sound attached to each one depends on their orientation.
www.omniglot.com /writing/inuktitut.htm   (349 words)

 Minority Languages
After 12 years of hard work, he completed a set of symbols, a syllabary (above) and taught the writing system to his daughter.
The tribal elders were so impressed that they accepted this powerful new tool that could transmit their language.
The Sequoyah syllabary has remained in use to the present day, with no modifications considered necessary or 150 years.
faculty.ed.umuc.edu /~jmatthew/articles/syllabary1.html   (270 words)

The Cherokee "alphabet" is called a "syllabary" since each character represents a syllable.
The original syllabary was modified by Rev. Samuel A. Worcester, who collaborated with Sequoyah to re-shape the characters into forms that would allow the creation of type for a printing press.
The re-shaped syllabary characters have been in use since 1828, and have come to be known as Sequoyah's syllabary.
members.tripod.com /Keefer269/language.htm   (350 words)

 The UNC Press, Signs of Cherokee Culture by Margaret Bender   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Based on extensive fieldwork in the community of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in western North Carolina, this book uses a semiotic approach to investigate the historic and contemporary role of the Sequoyan syllabary--the written system for representing the sounds of the Cherokee language--in Eastern Cherokee life.
The Cherokee syllabary was invented in the 1820s by the respected Cherokee Sequoyah.
The syllabary quickly replaced alternative writing systems for Cherokee and was reportedly in widespread use by the mid-nineteenth century.
uncpress.unc.edu /books/T-5753.html   (259 words)

 Sequoyah and Cherokee Syllabary
He was born near Fort Loudoun, in the village of Tuskegee on the Tennessee river in 1776, and was given the name ‘Sikwoya’.
It took a dedicated effort of twelve years, during which he was ridiculed by his people for his preoccupation with the syllabary, and was once declared crazy for neglecting to harvest the corn crop.
Sequoyah presented his syllabary in a tabular format (on a Tablet) of thirteen rows and six columns.
www.cyberistan.org /islamic/sequoyah1.htm   (1280 words)

 National Park Service - Soldier and Brave (Sequoyah's Cabin)
Before the syllabary, the Cherokees had viewed the white man's written records as witchcraft; after the syllabary, they were able to codify their laws, adopt a written constitution, better govern and educate themselves, and express their viewpoints in print.
The syllabaries provided Christian missionaries a means of written communication with the Indians through books, pamphlets, and other religious and educational materials and was a catalyst that hastened the acculturation of all five tribes.
Because it was a phonetic rendition of the language, the syllabary could be learned in a short period of time.
www.cr.nps.gov /history/online_books/soldier/siteb27.htm   (704 words)

 Shaquean Horizontal Syllabary - Langmaker   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Shaquean Horizontal Syllabary is an invented syllabary created by Remi Villatel; see the site at http://home.tele2.fr/mxls/cakesar/hori-syll.html for details.
This is an almost phonetic syllabary with also stand-alone vowels and consonant diacritic marks.
I started with the idea of a syllabary like Katakana in my mind but I wanted something more regular and easier to read so it became just like Ethiopic --but not by the shapes of the symbols.
www.langmaker.com /db/Shaquean_Horizontal_Syllabary   (89 words)

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