Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A set of written characters representing syllables and (in some languages or stages of writing) serving the purpose of an alphabet.
system of symbols, alphabet, scriptView synonyms
- ‘While disappointing for epigraphy fans, the find adds 101 characters to the Isthmian syllabary and should represent a step toward retrieving Olmec history.’
- ‘He used this experience to complete the translation into English of a manuscript on healing, originally in the Sequoya syllabary, which had been begun by another scholar.’
- ‘The Japanese phonetic syllabaries (characters representing syllables) or the Roman alphabet is used to transcribe Ainu speech.’
- ‘Hiragana and katakana are both phonetic syllabaries, wherein each of the 46 symbols equates to one phonic.’
- ‘One page was written in our syllabary, which is our alphabet, and the other page was written in English.’
- ‘Cherokee is written with a syllabary invented independently by Sequoyah in the 1830s.’
- ‘They also write these first and last names with Japanese characters - not with the phonetic syllabary used for foreign names.’
- ‘Their equivalent of an alphabet was similar to a Japanese syllabary, where each symbol stood for a syllable in their tongue.’
- ‘This same paradigm of identical shapes in varying orientations made the syllabary easy to learn, resulting in a high rate of literacy among the Cree people.’
- ‘A similar system in use in Japan at about the same time, known as man'yogana, eventually evolved into hiragana, one of the syllabaries used to write modern Japanese.’
- ‘Over time, the continual re-use of the same characters to represent sounds led to the evolution of a syllabary based on the sounds of the spoken language.’
- ‘It was enough that we be able to read the syllabary.’
- ‘Eight in 10 foreigners attending Japanese-language schools can read hiragana Japanese cursive syllabary but only around five in 10 can read Roman characters, a survey conducted by the Cultural Affairs Agency said Thursday.’
- ‘A clear-cut distinction cannot always be made between alphabets proper and syllabaries, sets of syllabic symbols as in the Japanese kana systems.’
- ‘Akkadian is written with wedges on clay, and has a syllabary containing several hundred signs.’
- ‘Independently, the Sumerians and the Egyptians developed much simpler phonetic syllabaries consisting of about 26 letters.’
- ‘Linear-B was a syllabary - each character represented a complete syllable.’
- ‘So I got into university knowing only the Romanized syllabary.’
- ‘Each kana, as these two systems are called, is a separate phonetic syllabary and each hiragana character has a corresponding katakana character.’
- ‘At the same time, a sophisticated syllabary developed.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin syllabarium, from Latin syllaba (see syllable).
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.