Syllabic Writing

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Syllabic Writing


a type of phonetic writing in which a marker (syllabeme) indicates the pronunciation of a sequence of consonant and vowel phonemes or of vowels alone, generally in open syllables. Strictly syllabic writing systems include the Cyprian syllabic system and a number of Ethiopian and Indian scripts: Kharosthi, Brahmi, and derivative systems such as those used in Tibet, Indochina, and Indonesia. Artificial syllabic writing systems have been created for Cherokee (North America), Vai (Liberia), and Mende (Sierra Leone).

Word-syllabic scripts (systems combining syllabic writing with words or pictographs) include Japanese, Old Korean, and Late Cuneiform (Akkadian, Hittite, and biblical script) and Lu-vian hieroglyphic script. Systems sometimes regarded as syllabic writing are Old Persian cuneiform, Proto-Semitic script, and some Egyptian hieroglyphics.


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Elsewhere, by contrast, the syllabic evidence is privileged over the direct (internal) evidence of the 'aleph-signs, as in Huehnergard's vocalization of the D-stem suffix-conjugation as qattila based on the syllabic writing sal-li-ma (p.
Brian MacDonald has taken another step to preserve cultural integrity by incorporating the old Cree syllabic writing system, in spite of the fact that some Cree words use up to ten syllables.
In Figure 3a are examples of this syllabic writing for words such as sapo (toad) and patito (duckling).
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In regard to one grammatical feature, the pluralization (or not) of the noun for the numbered item following the number, Streck proposes to take the syllabic writing of the noun in singular as an Akkadogram, standing for a spoken plural (I [section][section]37c, 73h).