A syllabary is a phonetic writing system consisting of symbols representing
syllables. A syllable is often made up of a consonant plus a vowel or
a single vowel.
The illustration on the right shows a selection of symbols from Japanese Hiragana,
and Inuktitut. In Hiragana each syllable is represented by a separate symbol.
In Inuktitut the orientation of the symbols is used indicate different vowels,
and the small symbol is used to write syllable final consonants, as in
transcriptions in the International
Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) are used extensively throughout this website.
The IPA transcriptions are the letters and other symbols which appear
in square bracketts, like this [b], [p]. etc.