‘a woman’s dress’,

easily written as:     waeetlh’   

for AMP:   


Lolly Metcalf’s South Slough Milluk

Annie Miner Peterson’s Milluk

Americanist Phonetic


Exactly Jacobs’ transcription

Americanist Phonetic & IPA

[ we·tɫʼ ],


[ wæ·tɫʼ ]

[ weˑtɬʼ ],


[ wæˑtɬʼ ]


Modernized: wɛ́·tɫʼ  

 [ wæ·tɫʼ ]


[ wæˑtɬʼ ]

Instant Phonetic Englishization:  wattl!

A High Example of the Phoneme / æ /:  Lolly Metcalf’s first pronunciation of this word is not the one to imitate.  It probably does not count as an outright mispronunciation though, because the phonetic vowel [ e ] is one of the natural pronunciations of the Milluk phonemic vowel that we write as / æ /.  Moreover, this is only a borderline, very low example of the phonetic vowel [ e ], almost qualifying as across the border into the vowel space of [ æ ], as a very high instance of [ æ ].  Notice that it seems as if Lolly is stretching as she says the word this first time, and then she takes a deep breath.  It is as if her tongue got pushed up a bit as she stretched and got ready to take the deep breath.