Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pronunciation Reminder

When Speaking

RULE: When a “borrowed” language word is used, the final syllable will always be one of the -i- syllables from the 3rd column (e.g. suffixes of -Ꭲ, -Ꭹ, -Ꭿ, -Ꮅ, -Ꮋ, -Ꮒ, -Ꮘ, -Ꮟ, -Ꮧ, -Ꮨ, -Ꮯ, -Ꮵ, -Ꮻ, -Ᏹ ) of the Syllabary Chart as arranged by Worcester, and will always have a rising upward or high tonal sound/pitch.

[Source: Anna Gritts Kilpatrick Smith; Cherokee EBCI Elder Walker Calhoun]

When speaking or when writing:

Adding the final suffix of "-Ꭲ" to a common noun such as the name of a color or a number indicates that the speaker wants the listener to understand this is not the generic name of the item but is a specific item in proximity to the speaker that s/he wants us to recognize.

It also differentiates the name of a common noun to that of a proper noun, such as when a person is named "RED". 

For example, the color red is simply ᎩᎦᎨ, but to call a person RED would be to say ᎩᎦᎨᎢ.

The same is true with numbers and many other common nouns.

SOURCE:  Anna Gritts Kilpatrick Smith; Cherokee EBCI Elder Walker Calhoun, Harry Oosahwee

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