Ejectives 4

Klamath Tribes Language Project

waq dal ?i gee ?ewksiknii ?elGank

How do you say that in Klamath?

Ejectives Part IV: Constinuents, continued

Continuents are often glottalized in Klamath. They are symbolized by the use of an apostrophe.

m’

m’ok’aak = baby

hom’as = like this

n’

n’ep = hand

n’os = head

l’

baal’aa?as = bread

l’iml’iml’i = roan (horse)

w’

w’iqw’iqs = magpie

w’an = red fox

weew’ans = women

y’

y’ayn’a = mountain

y’amsii = Yamsey (a place name)

Klamath also has what are known of as voiceless resonants . Barker represents these sounds with upper case letters. Care should be taken here, for the tendency of those learning the language is to pronounce M, N and L as normal English. Klamath W sounds like English wh in where, when and why. And Klamath Y sounds like the initial sound in the English words huge, human and Huron.

M

s?aaMaks = relatives

q’iMaac = ant

N

Naas = one

c’iNeeks = mosquito

L

Las = feathers

Loops = soup

W

Weeqs = mallard duck

goWasgi = Get out of here!

Y

meYas = trout

Yakc’a = hiccough

Finally there are left the sounds represented by s, s? and h. Only the s? should prove difficult for the second language learner. In Barker’s Klamath Dictionary s? is treated as s plus ?.

s

seesas = name

som = mouth

s?

s?abas = sun

s?aLam = autumn

h

hiswaqs = man

lilhanks = deer

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