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Caquinte Pronunciation and Spelling Guide

Welcome to our Caquinte alphabet page! The following charts show the pronunciation for the Caquinte orthography we have used on our site, as well as some alternate spellings that you may find in other books and websites.

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Caquinte Vowels

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Caquinte pronunciation:
a    a Like the a in father.
aa  a·  a Like a only held longer.
e    ε Like the e in get.
ee  e·, e:  ε Like e only held longer.
i    i Like the i in police.
ii  i·, i:  i Like i only held longer.
o    o Like the o in note.
oo  o·, o:  o Like o only held longer.

Caquinte Consonants

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Caquinte pronunciation:
c  s, k  s ~ k As in the Spanish alphabet (from which the Caquinte alphabet was adapted), c represents both a 'hard c' (as in cold) and a 'soft c' (as in city). It is pronounced hard before a, o, or u and soft before e or i.
ch  č  t Like ch in chair.
g  gu   Like the raspy g in Spanish saguaro. Following the Spanish orthography, this sound is written gu before e or i.
j  h  h Like h in hay.
m    m Like m in moon.
n    n Like n in night.
ñ    ny Like ny in canyon.
p    p Like the p in pie.
qu  k  k As in the Spanish alphabet (from which the Caquinte alphabet was adapted), both qu and c can represent the k sound in English key).
r     Like the r in Spanish pero, somewhat like the tt in American English butter.
s  s  s Like s in sun.
sh  x   Like sh in shell.
t    t Like the t in tell.
ts  tz  ts Like the ts in tsunami.
v    β Like v only pronounced between the two lips, as in Spanish navidad.
y    j Like y in yes).
    A pause sound, like the one in the middle of the word "uh-oh."

Caquinte Indian Pronunciation and Vocabulary Resources

   Caquinte words
   The Arawakans

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