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Miccosukee Pronunciation and Spelling Guide (Mikasuki)

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

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Miccosukee 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.
o    o Like the o in note.
o:  oo, o·  o Like the o in note, only held longer.

Miccosukee 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:
ą  ã, an, an  ã
į  ĩ, in, in  ĩ
Ǫ  õ, on, on  õ

Miccosukee Consonants

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Miccosukee pronunciation:
b    b Like b in bill.
c  ch, č  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. The Miccosukee pronunciation 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  š, sh   Like sh in show.
t    th Like t in tie.
w   w Like w in way.
y  i  j Like y in yes.

Miccosukee Indian Pronunciation and Vocabulary Resources

   Miccosukee words
   Miccosukee picture dictionary
   Miccosukee body parts
   Mikasuki alphabet
   Muskogean people
   Southeast Native Americans
   Florida Native Americans
   Seminole legends

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