|From:||Tommie Powell <tommiepowell@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, December 3, 1998, 20:41|
Carlos Thompson wrote:
> I've just find this on another list, in case someone finds it
> -- Carlos Th
> The invention of SignWriting is at times compared to the invention of
> the written alphabet for the Cherokee Indian language. The Cherokee
> Indian chief Sequoyah, who invented the written form for his native
> spoken language, was also surrounded by controversy for 25 years. His
> own people burned his books and threatened his life. They actually put
> him on trial for being a witch, but then he taught the jurors at the
> trial how to read and write (I am not kidding, that is the story!) and
> they decided it was pretty terrific!! So instead of executing him, they
> decided to use Sequoyah's alphabet, and now the Cherokee Indian language
> is preserved for future generations.
One minor point: It's a syllabary, rather than an alphabet.