from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A list of syllables.
- n. A set of written characters for a language, each character representing a syllable.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A table or list of syllabic letters or syllables
- n. A writing system where each character represents a complete syllable
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A table of syllables; more especially, a table of the indivisible syllabic symbols used in certain languages, as the Japanese and Cherokee, instead of letters.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A catalogue of the syllables of a language; a list or set of syllables, or of characters having a syllabic value.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a writing system whose characters represent syllables
The point is, if you say a script is a "syllabary" that suggests one character per syllable, and if you look at kana, you don't get that.
Working with locals, the missionary or team endeavors to learn the language, develop an orthography (writing system; usually an alphabet, sometimes a syllabary), teach literacy, and finally BEGIN translating portions of the Bible.
The Cherokee take particular pride in their past, including the alphabet, or syllabary, Sequoyah developed in 1821.
He compared the use of Cherokee on Apple devices to Sequoyah's creation of the syllabary and the tribe's purchase of the printing press.
Or that a Cherokee inventor created the first syllabary in modern times?
I personally think イルカー (irukaa) would be a closer pronunciation of "Ilker" using Japanese syllabary.
I was diligent, for Aghazal had promised that if I learned my syllabary quickly, she would give me the Odes and Epics to read.
I never felt awe toward the Lambaneish syllabary as I did for the godsigns of Incus; yet they were beautiful in their way, the little dancers.
We started with a poem, “Proper Conduct of Children Toward Parents,” in which each of the forty-nine lines began with a character of the syllabary.
In the case of Japanese, note the irregular t-series of their syllabary: ta, chi, tsu, te, to.
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