‘duck’ (the kind of bird),

easy way to type it:    witlhbiiyae

Lolly Metcalf’s South Slough Milluk

Americanist Phonetic


[ wɪtɫbiyæ ],


[ wɪtɫbiyæ ]

[ wɪtɬbiyæ ],


[ wɪtɬbiyæ ]

Instant Phonetic Englishization:  witlh_bee_yeh. 


In this interview segment, in the second time that she says the word here, Lolly Metcalf pronounces the affricate [ tɬ ] especially clearly, almost as a syllable onto itself in the middle of the word.  It is so distinct that it might be mistaken as an ejective affricate, but we think that it is just a plain affricate.   

In her work with Melville Jacobs, Annie Miner Peterson said only words meaning 'duck' other than this word.  Those words refer to specific kinds of ducks.