syllabary

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n syllabary a writing system whose characters represent syllables
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Syllabary 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n syllabary A catalogue of the syllables of a language; a list or set of syllables, or of characters having a syllabic value.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Syllabary a list of characters representing syllables—also Syllabā′rium
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. syllaba—Gr. syllabēsyn, with, lab-, lambanein, to take.

Usage

In literature:

A brief analysis of speech sounds will aid us in understanding the real nature of the syllabary.
"A History of Science, Volume 1(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
When the cuneiform syllabary was superseded in Palestine by the so-called Phoenician alphabet we do not know.
"Patriarchal Palestine" by Archibald Henry Sayce
The cuneiform syllabary is largely Semitic in character.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
Yet, even in those days, the Babylonian syllabary continued to be a mixture of ideographic and phonetic writing.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
It is called a syllabary, you remember, because each sign stood in their language for a syllable.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 8, May 1886, No. 7." by Various
A large proportion of the chapters are merely syllabaries, similar to those of Chaldea.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 9" by Various
As you undoubtedly remember, it's actually a syllabary, and a damned good one.
"Project Daedalus" by Thomas Hoover
This syllabary enabled the Japanese to express the sounds of their vernacular without difficulty.
"The Progress of Ethnology" by John Russell Bartlett
Though the syllabary is essentially of Sumerian origin there is much in it which is traceable to a Semitic source.
"A Primer of Assyriology" by Archibald Henry Sayce
So the number of existing alphabets and syllabaries are but as a handful compared to those that have passed away and left no trace whatever.
"St. Nicholas Vol XIII. No. 8 June 1886" by Various
Cheroki Indian, syllabary of, 124.
"The Hittites" by A. H. Sayce
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In science:

Some are clearly pictographs - an ear of corn, dart, fish, and insect, etc., but unclear whether ideograms, a syllabary, alphabet, or something else.
Astrophysics in 2006
Keywords: Vai script, syllabary, script analysis, complexity.
Distribution of complexities in the Vai script
It is assumed that the Vai script became a direct stimulus for the creation of several other indigenous writing systems in the Western Africa, in particular Mende, Loma, Kpelle (Dalby 1967), and Bambara (Galtier 1987). The Vai script is a syllabary.
Distribution of complexities in the Vai script
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