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Ojibwe (Anishinaabemowin / ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒧᐎᓐ)

Ojibwe is an Algonquian language spoken on by about 50,000 people in the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and by about 30,000 people in the US states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota. The Ojibwe syllabary is used mainly in Canada, while in the USA the Latin alphabet is prefered for writing Ojibwe.

The Ojibwe language has a number of names, including Chippewa, Chippeway, Anishinaabemowin (ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒧᐎᓐ) and Ojibwemowin (ᐅᒋᐺᒧᐎᓐ). The Ojibwe people call themselves Anishinaabeg (ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒃ)

James Evans, a Wesleyan missionary working at Norway House in Hudson's Bay, invented a syllabary for the Ojibwe language in about 1840. He had tried to produce a Latin-based orthography for Ojibwe, but eventually gave up and came up with a syllabary, based partly on Pitman shorthand.

Evans' syllabary for Ojibwe consisted of just nine symbols, each of which could be written in four different orientations to indicate different vowels. This was sufficient to write Ojibwe, but Evans' superiors were not keen on his invention and would not allow his to use it. He later adapted it to write Cree.

Notable features of the Ojibwe syllabary

Ojibwe syllabary

Ojibwe syllabary

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Sample text (unpointed)

Sample text in Ojibwe (unpointed)

Sample text (pointed)

Sample text in Ojibwe (pointed)


Kakinawenen kapimatisiwat nitawikiwak tipenimitisowinik mina tapita kiciinetakosiwin kaye tepaketakosiwin. Otayanawa mikawiwin kaye nipwakawin minawa tash ciishikanawapatiwapan acako minowiciwitiwinik.

Source (pointed text): http://anishinabemowin.21.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=34


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Information about the Ojibwe language and script

Ojibwe courses

Ojibwe phrases

Ojibwemowin Zagaswe'idiwin (Ojibwe Language Society)

Ojibwa people

Algonquian languages

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas

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