Kana signifies the Japanese syllabary,—the characters with which the language is written.
This syllabary and that invented for the Cherokees by Guess, are the only two in the world.
A syllabary describes the god as a 'raging' deity, a description that suggests solar functions.
There are about 400 of these complex syllabic signs in the syllabary, instead of 26 letters as in English.
This syllabary enabled the Japanese to express the sounds of their vernacular without difficulty.
The people of Annam have adopted the Chinese characters without making a syllabary or alphabet to express their own vernacular.
Whether the linear signs are a true alphabet or a syllabary (each sign representing a complete syllable) we do not know.
Their system remained a syllabary interspersed with ideograms, but excluded an alphabet.
The characters of the syllabary were all arranged and named, and elaborate lists of them were drawn up.
The kana13 is a syllabary of forty-seven letters, which by diacritical marks, may be increased to seventy.