An image showing a selection of symbols from the Cherokee and Japanese Hiragana syllabries

Syllabaries

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 the Cherokee (on the left) and Japanese Hiragana (on the right) syllabaries

It could be argued that the Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics used to write Cree, and other langauges, are a abugida or syllabic alphabet, however they are classified as a 'featural syllabary' by Unicode.

Please note

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.

You can learn about the IPA and phonetics at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet
http://www.nativlang.com/linguistics/ipa-pronunciation-lessons.php
http://cmed.faculty.ku.edu/acdapres/rabeipa/index.html
https://linguischtick.wordpress.com/ipa/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBo5LAVYtX4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2frVKeVTKU

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Page last modified: 25.05.22

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