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Hitchiti Pronunciation and Spelling Guide

Welcome to our Hitchiti alphabet page! The following charts show the pronunciation for the Hitchiti 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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Hitchiti Vowels

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Hitchiti pronunciation:
a    a Like the a in father.
a∙  aa, a:  a Like the a in father, only held longer.
i    i Like the i in police.
i∙  ii, i:  i Like the i in police, only held longer.
u    o Like the u in flute.
u∙  o∙, uu, u:  u Like the u in flute, only held longer.

Hitchiti Nasal Vowels

Nasal vowels don't really exist in English, but you may be familiar with them from French (or from hearing people speak English with a French accent.) They are pronounced just like oral ("regular") vowels, only using your nose as well as your mouth. To English speakers, a nasal vowel often sounds like a vowel with a half-pronounced "n" at the end of it. You can hear examples of nasal vowels at the end of the French words "bon" and "Jean," or in the middle of the word "Français."

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol:
ã  ą  ã
ĩ  į  ĩ
ũ  õ, ų,  ũ

Hitchiti Consonants

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Hitchiti pronunciation:
b    b Like b in bill.
č  c, tc, ch  t ~ ts Like ch in chair.
f    f Like f as in fair.
h    h Like h in English hay.
k    kh Like k in kite.
l    l Like l in light.
lh  ł, hl  ł This sound is a lateral fricative that doesn't really exist in English. It sounds like the "ll" in the Welsh name "Llewellyn." Some English speakers can pronounce it well if they try to pronounce the "breathy l" in the word clue without the c in front of it.
m    m Like m in moon.
n    n Like n in night.
p    ph Like p in pie.
s    s Like s in sun.
t    th Like t in tie.
w   w Like w in way.
y  i  j Like y in yes.

Hitchiti Indian Pronunciation and Vocabulary Resources

   Hitchiti Indian words
   Hitchiti picture dictionary
   Muscogean languages
   Tribes of the Southeast
   Native Americans in Georgia
   Hitchiti stories

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