The early history of the Cherokee syllabary

  title={The early history of the Cherokee syllabary},
  author={Willard Walker and James Sarbaugh},
In the number and forms of its characters, the printed Cherokee syllabary is virtually the same today as it was in i8z8. Before I8z8 the characters underwent dramatic changes, which have been attributed in recent decades to missionary influence; but documents written by Sequoyah himself, the testimony of a number of his contemporaries, and the Hicks syllabary of 1825 all suggest that Cherokees alone developed the syllabary and adapted it to the requirements of printing. There is no evidence for… 

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