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
Syllabaries currently in use
Syllabaries used to a limited extent
Syllabaries that are no longer used
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 which sounds are represented by these letters and symbols at:
http://www.unil.ch/ling/page12580.html (en français)
Other writing systems
Semanto-phonetic writing systems,
Alternative writing systems,
Languages by writing system,
Languages by family,
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