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Baure Pronunciation and Spelling Guide

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

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Baure pronunciation:
a    a Like the a in father.
e    ε ~ e Like the e in get. Sometimes it sounds more like the a in gate.
i    i ~ I Like the i in police. Sometimes it sounds more like the i in pit.
o    o ~ Like the o in note. Sometimes it sounds more like the au in caught.

Baure Nasal Vowels

Unlike in some South American languages, nasalization of vowels is not phonemic in Baure and is not marked in any Baure alphabet that we are aware of. Vowels are only nasalized before or after the consonants n or m, and in a few rare words where an n or m once existed but has been dropped.

Baure Consonants

Character
We Use:
Sometimes
Also Used:
IPA symbol: Baure pronunciation:
ch  č, z  t ~ d Like ch in chair. After the sound n it is pronounced more like the j in jar.
h  j  h Like h in hay.
k  c, qu, g k ~ g Like k in key. After the sound n it is pronounced more like the g in go.
m    m Like m in moon.
n    n Like n in night.
p  b  p ~ b Like the p in pie. After the sound m it is pronounced more like the b in boy.
r  l   Like the r in Spanish pero, somewhat like the tt in American English butter.
s  s  s Like s in sun.
sh  š, x   Like sh in shell.
t  d  t ~ d Like the t in tell. After the sound n it is pronounced more like the d in dog.
v  b, b  β ~ v Like v only pronounced between the two lips, as in Spanish navidad. Sometimes it is pronounced more like the English v as in van.
w  hu, u  w Like w in way.
y    j Like y in yes.
 ?, h   A pause sound, like the one in the middle of the word "uh-oh."

Baure Indian Pronunciation and Vocabulary Resources

   Baure: An Arawak Language of Bolivia (Amazon affiliate link)
   Baure words
   Baure picture dictionary
   Indigenous tribes of the Amazon

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