‘duck’ (the kind of bird),

easy way to type it:    witlhbiiyae

Lolly Metcalf’s South Slough Milluk

Americanist Phonetic


[ wɪtɫbíyæ ],


[ wɪtɫbiyǽ ]

[ wɪtɬˈbiyæ ],


[ wɪtɬbiˈyæ ]

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Instant Phonetic Englishization:  witlh_bee_yeh. 

Notice how the stress shifts from one syllable to another in these two tokens of this word.  That does not have any effect on what word this is.  In contrast, in English putting stress on one syllable or on another syllable of a word can change the word from being one word with one meaning to being another, different word of a different meaning.  

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.