Part Twelve: Standard Roman Orthography (SRO)


A standard roman orthography (SRO) is one that matches exactly the syllabic standard orthography. It is useful for typing tools, for computers and for automatic conversions from roman to syllabics and from syllabics to roman.You can find an automatic convertor here.

Vowel length: hats or double vowels

There are several options for indicating vowel length (marked in syllabics by having a dot or not above the syllabic character): by using either double vowels or a hat over the vowel in roman:

Long Vowel Double Vowel Hat over Vowel
ii î
uu û
aa â

(In other variants of Cree a macron is used, but not in East Cree, ā ī, ū). The double vowel is often easier to type but makes the word look longer.

The (e) is always long, but never written with a dot above in syllabics, or in roman, as ee or ê, although in some other variants of Cree, it is written ê.

Combination of finals

When finals combine it is important to distinguish the sequence of characters that correspond to two different syllabic characters from the ones that correspond to just one syllabic character. This is why in roman orthography, the hyphen (-) is used to make this distinction:

Two Syllabic Characters One Syllabic Character
t-h ᑦᐦ vs th
s-h ᔅᐦ vs sh
p-h ᑉᐦ vs ph

The hyphen is only used when there is a possible ambiguity.