The most common and characteristic symbol within a Syllabary represents the most basic syllable structure which combines a consonant (C) and vowel (V) as a CV syllable. The Cree Syllabary is named such since the majority of the symbols of this writing system represent the basic CV combinations possible in Cree (e.g. = pē, = ta, etc.).  A straightforward syllabary might stop there, but the “Cree Syllabary” includes means for representing both single vowels (which still constitute full syllables without preceding consonants; e.g. = ē, = a) and individual consonants not followed by vowels (e.g. = p, = t, etc.). Such a writing system, mixing both syllable-based and alphabetic symbols, is technically referred to as an “Abugida”, but the Cree Syllabary is most popularly referred to simply as “Syllabics”.