‘tear’, ‘tore’,

easy way to type it:    shauut, shaugh

Lolly Metcalf’s Coos Bay Milluk

Americanist Phonetic


[ šaut ],


[ šau·t ],


[ šauɣ ],


[ šauɣ ]

[ ʃɑut ],


[ ʃɑuˑt ],


[ ʃɑuɣ ],


[ ʃɑuɣ ]

Instant Phonetic Englishization:  The first time that Lolly says this word, it sounds just like the English word ‘shout’.  We wonder whether the fact that she had spoken that English word in the previous interview segment “Holler or Shout” could have had any effect on how she said this word meaning the first time that she says it in this interview segment. 

There is a Hanis verb transcribed by Frachtenberg (1913, page 202) as [ cîɣ­ ], with a gloss of ‘to tear (clothes)’.  In modern phonetic symbols, this Hanis word would be: [ šɪɣ ].  As a prompt twice, Swadesh seems to be saying: [ šɛɣ ], either from having seen the word in Frachenberg’s volume of Coos texts or having gotten it from Lolly Metcalf in the earlier part of the interview before the tape recorder had been turned on.  

Mrs. Peterson seems not to have said this Milluk word at any time in her work with Melville Jacobs.