The Cherokee language is written in a syllabary invented by Sequoyah, also known as George Guess, in 1819. Each symbol represents a syllable rather than a single phoneme as in English. There are far too many syllables in English (tens of thousands) for an English syllabary to be usable, but the 85 characters in the Cherokee syllabary are completely functional for writing the Cherokee language.
Cherokee Syllabary. Web image. Wikipedia Commons. 2007. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cherokee_Syllabary.svg.
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