There are 47 Syllabic characters in our Syllabic chart. Cree words when written in Roman Orthography are broken down into syllables each syllable has a Syllabic sound/character assigned to it. For example:

a ti m (dog)


mi no s (cat)


Start with the first line of the Syllabic chart:

a e
i o

The Syllabic character "a" faces to the left the opposite of it is "o" .

The Syllabic character "i" faces upwards. The opposite of it is the "e", which faces downwards.

The Syllabic character "pa" faces to the left same direction as the .

The "po" faces the same direction as the same for and .

This is the same for , , , .

ta te ti to

Now the a, e, i, o square and acronym will help with remembering the following Syllabic characters:ᓱ

ka

ke

ki

ko

cha

che

chi

cho

ma

me

mi

mo

na

ne

ni

no

sa

se

si

so

ya

ye

yi

yo

Remember this acronym - I eat apples and oranges. (IEAO) Label the box using the acronym.

IEAO kikekako

If you start with the and draw it in, in the "a" corner and the draw the in the "o" corner. The will look opposite of each other. Do the same for and . These too will look opposite of each other. Now if you wrote k in front of each letter you would get the "k" line of the Syllabic chart.


Practice writing the "k, ch, m, n, s, and y" lines from the Syllabic chart.


*Note: Sometimes when written in Roman Orthography the cha, che, chi, and cho, could be spelled without the "h" i.e., ca, ce, ci, and co, this depends upon the writer.

Now with writing words that have a "w" in them you have 3 rules to remember.

  1. The Syllabic character for "w" always goes after the vowel. For example:

    Mi yo
    Wa h ko h to win (good relations)

    ᐊᐧ ᐃᐧᐣ

    The aligns about mid character. The aligns to the top of the other Syllabic characters.
  2. For words that end in a "w" the ending is . For example:

    O ki s ki na h a ma kew (teacher)
    ᑫᐤ

  3. For words that end in a "w" with a vowel between another "w" The ending will have a ᐧᐤ ending. For example:

    o sa waw (orange)
    i s kwew (woman)
    ᐊᐧᐤ
      ᑫᐧᐤ

There are small Syllabic characters that are single letters when written in Roman Orthography.

h

p

t

k

ch

m

n

s

y


These characters align to the top of the other Syllabic characters and are written smaller.


For example:

chi pa y (ghost)



te pa ko h p (seven)



a ti m (dog)



mi no s (cat)


Here is a sample of how the Syllabic characters are positioned. Note that the is small and aligned to tops of the other characters. This is the same for all the other small Syllabic characters. The only exception would be the which would be positioned at the middle of the other Syllabic characters.

atim

mostos

kaskitewaw

ekaskitewak


Last modified: Friday, 23 September 2016, 6:30 AM