The Cherokee Syllabary: A Writing System In Its Own Right

  title={The Cherokee Syllabary: A Writing System In Its Own Right},
  author={Ellen Cushman},
  journal={Written Communication},
  pages={255 - 281}
  • Ellen Cushman
  • Published 1 July 2011
  • Linguistics
  • Written Communication
Informally recognized by the tribal council in 1821, the 86-character Cherokee writing system invented by Sequoyah was learned in manuscript form and became widely used by the Cherokee within the span of a few years. In 1827, Samuel Worcester standardized the arrangement of characters and print designs in ways that differed from Sequoyah’s original arrangement of characters. Using Worcester’s arrangement as their sole source of evidence, however, scholars and Cherokee language learners have… 
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