Authors: michael conrad

Cherokee Reference Grammar

2020-04-05 Michael Conrad  3 minute read

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The Cherokees have the oldest and best-known Native American writing system in the United States. Invented by Sequoyah and made public in 1821, it was rapidly adopted, leading to nineteenth-century Cherokee literacy rates as high as 90 percent. This writing system, the Cherokee syllabary, is fully explained and used throughout this volume, the first and only complete published grammar of the Cherokee language.

Cherokee Narratives: A Linguistic Study

2020-04-05 Michael Conrad  1 minute read

The stories of the Cherokee people presented here capture in written form tales of history, myth, and legend for readers, speakers, and scholars of the Cherokee language. Assembled by noted authorities on Cherokee, this volume marks an unparalleled contribution to the linguistic analysis, understanding, and preservation of Cherokee language and culture.

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Cherokee Language Grammar - Cherokee Messenger - 1844-1846

2020-04-04 Michael Conrad  107 minute read

Cherokee Language Grammar

Please take note:

  • The following is from the Brief Specimens of Cherokee Grammatical Forms as printed in the The Cherokee Messenger (ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏥᏅᏏᏛ) in the years 1844 to 1846.

  • The original text used ’ds’ for the soft ’ts’ sound. These have been replaced with ’ts’ to be consistent with the entirety of the dictionary. Additionally “qu” has been replaced with “kw” to be consistent with the usage of “gw” in the rest of the text.

  • The following description of Cherokee grammar is for 1840’s Cherokee and not today’s Cherokee. While most differences between the two are minor, there are differences. The material is very useful when working with the Cherokee New Testament, the Cherokee translation of Genesis, the Cherokee translation of Pilgrim’s Progress, and so forth.

  • The English text is also from the 1840’s and has not been “modernized”. It is important to understand that “thee” and “thou” are used to indicate “you one” and that “ye” and “you” are used to indicate “you two or more”.

  • Some re-arrangment of text, tables, and minor changes of wording have happened to facilitate e-book creation.

Cherokee-English Dictionary Online Database

2020-03-31 Michael Conrad  1 minute read

Cherokee-English Dictionary Online

This is an online dictionary of Cherokee where you can search by English word or Cherokee using either Syllabary or "phonetics." It includes vocabulary from several important sources.

Hosts various additional resources such as online transliterating, a grammar guide, and various available Cherokee/English dual language texts.

Created by volunteer effort as a labor of love for the Cherokee language and the desire to make resources as readily available as possible.

Click Here for ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎢᎾᏕᎶᏆ - Cherokee Language Online

This web site is for Cherokee language learners at the intermediate beginner level and above. It is recommended to have (mostly) learned the Cherokee Syllabary, some words, and a few basics of Cherokee grammar. There are simple dialogues and also more advanced stories on this site with vocabulary. In addition, you will find some basic explanations of Cherokee grammar and Verb Pages with many verbs conjugated with all five stems. (Working on getting all of them fleshed out!). Audio files and podcasts are available to help with the sounds of Cherokee.