easy way to type it:    chʼlis

Lolly Metcalf’s South Slough Milluk

Americanist Phonetic


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Link to the Sound File: Click on the link below to get to a page where there is a sound file of this interview segment. 


Instant Phonetic Englishization:  ch!lis, rhymes with ‘hiss’. 

The Careful Third Token: Lolly’s third time saying this noun meaning ‘dry’, in this interview segment, is by far and away her most careful pronunciation of this word.  It is one where one can absolutely hear that the initial consonant of this word is an ejective affricate.  The word-initial ejective affricate of this word stands apart from the rest of the word, essentially as an extra syllable.  Given all the effort that it takes to pronounce the word this way, it is easy to see why quicker versions of the word would have lighter versions of the ejective affricate where it would be harder to hear that consonant for what it is. 


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Annie Miner Peterson’s Milluk

Exactly Jacobs’ transcription

Americanist Phonetic & IPA




[ čʼləs ]   


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