Cherokee language

Iroquoian language spoken by the Cherokee people

The Cherokee language (ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ, Tsalagi Gawonihisdi) is an endangered language spoken by the Cherokee people.[1]

Writing systemEdit

The Cherokee do not use the Latin alphabet (ABCs) like English does. Instead, they use their own alphabet, which looks a lot like the ABCs. Each letter represents a different syllable sound. This special alphabet was invented by a Cherokee man named Sequoyah.

Below is a chart of all the letters of the Cherokee alphabet and the sound each one makes.

 

Notes:

  1. In the chart, ‘v’ represents a nasal vowel, which is pronounced like "ung" in "lung".
  2. The character Ꮩ do is shown upside-down in some fonts. It should look like the Latin letter V.[a]

GrammarEdit

The Cherokee language uses many prefixes and suffixes.

ReferencesEdit

  1. There was a difference between the old-form DO (Λ-like) and a new-form DO (V-like).[2]
  1. McKie, Scott (June 27, 2019). "Tri-Council declares State of Emergency for Cherokee language". Cherokee One Feather. Archived from the original on June 29, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  2. "Cherokee". download. LanguageGeek.com.