Carrier Pronounciation
(Saik'uz Dialect)

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Illustrations of Individual Sounds

SoundExampleGloss
a a yes
b bat mittens
ch chunih marten
ch' ch'oh porcupine quill
d dune man
dl dlat a kind of water plant
dz dzoot coat
dz dzulh mountain
g gombilh rabbit snare
gh neghunline watchmen
gw gwuzeh Whiskey jack
h hoh while
j jenyo bull moose
k kegon shoes
k' k'a rifle cartridge
kh khoh goose
kw kwun fire
kw' kw'usul beads
l lacholbai yarrow plant
lh (initial) lhukw fish
lh (final) bilh snare
m musdus cow
n noostel wolverine
o yoh house
oo too water
s sa sun
s se belt
sh shas grizzly bear
t talukw salmon
t' t'acho mallard duck
tl dutleh it is soft
tl' tl'o grass
ts tsa beaver
ts' ts'i canoe
ts tse rock
ts' ts'al diaper moss
u sus black bear
w wedlew sandpiper
wh whudzih cariboo
y ya sky
z gwuzeh Whiskey Jack
z oozek his mouth
' 'acho very quickly

Pairs Illustrating Difficult Contrasts

Here are examples of some potentially difficult contrasts. The pairs of words are chosen so that in most cases they differ only in one place.

Contrast Word A Gloss Word B Gloss
0/' (initial) a yes 'acho very quickly
'/h 'uk'o' hunchback 'uk'oh tracks, footprints
t/t' dutai it is thick dut'ai bird
kw/kw' kwus cold (disease) kw'us cloud
kh/h khoh goose hoh while
l/lh (final) hodul'eh he is learning hodulh'eh he is teaching
z/dz oozi his corpse oodzi his heart
s/s yus wolf yus snow

Some Difficult Clusters

Here are examples of some clusters that may seem difficult at first.


ClusterExampleGloss
stl' stl'o my grass
lhch' lhch'atsetselh double-headed axe
lhgh lhghasahduke you (2) are married to each other
lhk' lhk'utdunghi eight
lhts lhtsun it stinks
lhy lhyazike cow and calf