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This syllabary contains several characters which are not currently included in Unicode. Consequently, without a font from this site, the following symbols may not appear properly: all of the characters in the i-final column, y high ring final, w “other final”, and the /r/ and /l/ diacritics.

Ojibway Syllabics

 
Initial Vowel i-Final a-Final other Finals
e i o a
Ø
p
ᐊꧮ
ᐊᑉ
t
ᐊꧯ
ᐊᑦ
k
ᐊ꧰
ᐊᒃ
c
ᐊ꧱
ᐊᒡ
m
ᐊ꧲
ᐊᒻ
n
ᐊ꧳
ᐊᓐ
l
ᐊᓬ
r
ᐊᕒ
s
ᐊ꧴
ᐊᔅ
š
ᐊ꧵
ᐊᔥ
y
ᐊᐞ
ᐊᔾ
w
ᐊᐤ
ᐊᐤ
ᐊ꧶ ᐊ꧷
h
ᐦᐁ
ᐦᐃ
ᐦᐅ
ᐦᐊ
ᐊᐦ
ii, oo, aa
 

See Glossary for terminology explinations.

Ojibway has two means by which final consonants may be written, called the i-final and a-finals (so named because the finals resemble a small/raised version of the -i or -a syllabic). There are also other choices of final -w and -y. According to the Style Manual for Syllabics, Ojibway a-finals use ᐊᐤ (w) and ᐊᔾ (y), while the i-finals use and ​꧶, ​꧷, or ᐊᐤ (w) and ᐊᐞ (y).

There is quite a lot of variation in Ojibwe syllabics, please email me if your community is not represented on this chart, or by a languagegeek.com keyboard.

For the foreign sounds /r/ and /l/, two choices are available, either a final ᓬ ᕒ as in my name ᑲᕒᐃ, or a diacritic above an n-series syllabic
ᓀ, ᓀ as in ᑲᓂ.

Often, the decision to use the /h/ final and the long vowel diacritic is inconsistent. Some speakers fully “point” their texts (i.e. include all finals, h’s, and long vowels), while other speakers omit some or all of these.

Where Roman orthographies typically put hyphens between preverbs and verb stems, Syllabics texts either write the preverbs as separate words, or write the entire verb complex as a single word.

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Last Update: August 20, 2008