Their system remained a syllabary interspersed with ideograms, but excluded an alphabet.
Kana signifies the Japanese syllabary,—the characters with which the language is written.
The characters of the syllabary were all arranged and named, and elaborate lists of them were drawn up.
This syllabary and that invented for the Cherokees by Guess, are the only two in the world.
The people of Annam have adopted the Chinese characters without making a syllabary or alphabet to express their own vernacular.
A syllabary describes the god as a 'raging' deity, a description that suggests solar functions.
Whether the linear signs are a true alphabet or a syllabary (each sign representing a complete syllable) we do not know.
There are about 400 of these complex syllabic signs in the syllabary, instead of 26 letters as in English.
In confirmation of this view, a syllabary identifies the Du-azagga with the Apsu.
This syllabary enabled the Japanese to express the sounds of their vernacular without difficulty.