Canadian Aboriginal syllabics facts for kids
Canadian syllabic writing, or simply syllabics, is an alphabet created by a Christian missionary to write down the languages of some of the First Nations of Canada. This one alphabet later became many alphabets.
Each letter represents a syllable. The letters look like triangles and curves. Different languages have some different letters to represent the sounds in their own language best.
By the late 19th century the Cree had achieved what may have been one of the highest literacy rates in the world.
Every consonant has the same shape. For example, the syllables that start with a "p" sound look like a V. To show that they have different vowels, the shapes are rotated. So "pe" would look like ᐯ whole "pa" would be ᐸ.
In some languages, words end in a final consonant, like the "t" in "cat." To show this, a small letter is added to the end of the word.
In some languages, diacritics are added to indicate things like vowel length.
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Syllabics is a co-official script in the territory of Nunavut, and is used by the territorial government, as here.
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