Instant Phonetic Englishization:  elks, like the English word ‘elks’. 

The Edited Sound File Here:  We have edited out an extraneous sound at the beginning of the first time that Lolly says this word in this interview segment.  The problem is that the extraneous sound seems too much like it might be a part of the word.  


easy way to type it:    elks

Lolly Metcalf’s South Slough Milluk

Americanist Phonetic


[ ʔɛlks ],


[ ʔɛlks ]

[ ʔɛlks ],


[ ʔɛlks ]

The Phonetic Vowel [ ɛ ] in Milluk Before L:  In this interview segment from early in the interview, Lolly Metcalf does not demonstrate the phonetic range of the Milluk phonemic vowel / æ / in this word, as she does in the interview segment “Afraid 2”, which is from late in the interview.  The Milluk phonemic vowel / æ / tends to be pronounced more like the phonetic vowel [ ɛ ] before the consonant L [ l ].  That is the only way that we hear it in this interview segment. 


for AMP:  


Annie Miner Peterson’s Milluk

Exactly Jacobs’ transcription

Americanist Phonetic & IPA


[ ʔɛlqs ],

presumably ranging to

[ ʔælqs ]