easy way to type it:    lam

Lolly Metcalf’s Coos Bay Milluk

Americanist Phonetic


[ lam ],


[ lʌm ]

[ lɑm ],


[ lʌm ]

Instant Phonetic Englishization:  lahm. 

Range of Vowel Height: This interview segment is from relatively late in the interview.  That was when Lolly Metcalf was demonstrating with a number of words what the natural range in vowel shape was for certain vowels in particular words.  In this case, she say the word first with the low central vowel [ a ], IPA [ ɑ ], then she says it with the vowel [ ʌ ], also a central vowel, but with a slightly higher tongue height.  The central vowel with the next higher tongue height is Schwa [ ə ], but we do not hear enough tongue height to make the vowel in her second time saying the word a schwa. 

Mrs. Peterson evidently said no Milluk word in her work with Melville Jacobs which matches the word that Mrs. Metcalf says here.