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Mocovi Pronunciation and Spelling Guide

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

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Mocovi pronunciation:
a    a Like the a in father.
aa  a:  a: Like the a in father, only held longer.
e    e Like the e sound in Spanish, similar to the a in gate.
ee  e:  e: Like the a in gate, only held longer.
i    i Like the i in police.
ii  i:  i: Like the i in police, only held longer.
o    o Like the o in note.
oo  o:  o: Like the o in note, only held longer.

Mocovi Consonants

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Mocovi pronunciation:
ch  č  t Like ch in chair.
d    d Like the d in day.
g     Like the raspy g in Spanish saguaro.
g  G  G ~ This is a voiced uvular sound that does not exist in English. Some speakers pronounce it like a hard "g" sound pronounced in the back of the throat, while others pronounce it more like a French "r."
h  j  h Like h in hay.
j ǰ  d ~ Like j in jar. Sometimes it is pronounced more like the "ge" at the end of "garage."
k  c, qu  k Like the soft k in sky.
l    l Like l in light.
ly  ʎ  ly Like lli in million.
m    m Like m in moon.
n    n Like n in night.
ny  ñ  ny Like Spanish ñ, somewhat like ny in canyon.
p    p Like the soft p in spy.
q    q Like English "k," only pronounced further back in the throat.
r     Like the r in Spanish pero, somewhat like the tt in American English butter.
s  z, c  s Like the s in sun.
sh  š, x   Like the sh in shell.
t    t Like the soft t in star.
w  hu  w Like w in way.
y    j Like y in yes.
    A pause sound, like the one in the middle of the word "uh-oh."

Mocovi Indian Pronunciation and Vocabulary Resources

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