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Title: The Cherokee Syllabary


1
The Cherokee Syllabary
  • Carrie Clarady
  • University of Maryland
  • Center for Advanced Study of Language

2
Writing Systems
  • Three major categories
  • Logographic
  • Syllabic
  • Alphabetic/segmental
  • These categories are not firm and systems can
    change and evolve across these major categories

3
Writing Systems
  • Logographic/Ideographic
  • Oldest forms of writing
  • Not a pure system usually has some kind of
    phonetic or sound information bound up in the
    characters
  • Can extend through the rebus principle use
    homophony of parts to construct new
    representations

4
Writing Systems
  • Alphabetic
  • 1 character 1 sound sort of
  • Abjads no vowels
  • Abugidas inherent vowels
  • Easily adaptable for use in other languages and
    also for new coinages and loanwords

5
Writing Systems
  • Syllabaries
  • Each syllable has its own unique symbol
  • Best suited for languages with very simple
    syllable structures
  • Almost always CV, and almost always used for CV
    languages

6
Writing Systems
  • Languages and their writing systems are not the
    same thing!
  • But that doesnt mean they arent related to each
    other, either

7
Languages in the Americas
  • Pre-European thousands of languages and
    hundreds of language families
  • Extinction rates maybe half left in N. America
  • Continued preservation efforts
  • It is estimated that only twenty N. American
    indigenous languages will remain viable by the
    year 2050.

8
Cherokee
  • One of around 300 languages native to North
    America
  • Part of the Iroquoian family of languages
  • Polysynthetic each word has a lot of parts
  • Cherokee eastern band. More common is
    Tsalagi, from the west

9
The sound system of Cherokee
  • Small phonemic inventory
  • 12 consonants
  • 6 vowels long and short variants, including
    schwa
  • Tone is distinctive
  • Syllable structure open syllables, CV
    overwhelmingly common, extrasyllabic /s/

10
The Cherokee syllabary
  • The story of Sequoyah
  • 1809 1819 active development
  • Script and language traveled west with the
  • Cherokee

11
The Cherokee syllabary
  • Structure graphic, organization

12
The Cherokee syllabary
  • Code talkers World War II
  • Mostly Cree and Comanche, but some evidence of
    Cherokee used in the same way
  • Vai syllabary - Liberia

13
The Cherokee syllabary
  • Modern use in print and online
  • Mostly used
  • for heritage
  • and folklore
  • purposes now

14
Further resources
  • Cherokee.org
  • Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages
    of the Americas (SSILA)
  • Contact me cclarady_at_casl.umd.edu
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