Spelling East Cree (Northern) – Syllabic symbols not to forget to write
Short ᐃ or ᐊ at the beginning
In many words the short ᐃ or ᐊ at the beginning is not pronounced in ordinary fast speech. However, you can hear it clearly when a prefix is added to the beginning of a word. Make sure to write the ᐃ or ᐊ, even when it is not audible or pronounced.
ᐎ and ᐅ
It is often difficult to hear the difference between ᐎ and ᐅ. In order to decide which one to write, it is best to check with the dictionary.
ᐎ, ᐐ and ᐅ
Words beginning with ᐎ, ᐐ and ᐅ can sound alike before ᔩ, ᔮ and ᔫ.
|ᐎᔫ||it howls||ᐐᐤᐦ||his wife|
|ᐐᐎᑦ||his bag, load|
Note the irregular possessed forms:
Do not confuse ᐎᔮᔅ ‘meat’ with ᐅᔮᔅ ‘flesh of the body’, which is a dependent noun:
|ᐅᔮᔅ||her/his own flesh|
|ᓂᔮᔅ||my own flesh|
|ᒋᔮᔅ||your own flesh|
ᐎᓐ at the end of a word
A noun can be made from a verb by adding ᐎᓐ.
ᓂ at the beginning of a word
In many words that begin with ᓂ, there is a tendency to write this syllabic symbol as a small ᓐ. This symbol is used only at the end of words.
Some numbers are pronounced two ways, with or without ᓂ at the beginning.
ᒋ at the beginning
Often words that are written with ᒋ at the beginning are pronounced with ᔥ or ᔅ. The big ᒋ should still be written before ᑎ, ᑐ, ᑖ.
Also before ᒌ…
|ᒋᒌᐦ ᒥᔅᑳᓐ||ᔅᒌ ᒥᔅᑳᓐ|
|ᒋᒌᐦ ᒦᒋᓐ||ᔅᒌ ᒦᒋᓐ|
ᒋ in the middle of a word…
See also: Spelling East Cree – Southern Dialect – Syllabic symbols not to forget to write
Table of Contents
- Dialect Differences
- ᒋᐦᑲᔥᑖᑲᓐᐦ The Use of Dots
- Syllabic Finals
- ᐃ, ᐄ and ᔨ
- Syllabic symbols not to forget to write
- Double consonants
- Adding endings to nouns
- ᓯᐤ and ᓲ at the end of a word
- Writing Names
- Standard Roman Orthography (SRO)
|APA:||Bobbish Salt, L., Duff, A., Visitor, L., MacKenzie, M., & Junker, M.-O. (2016). Spelling East Cree For Eastern James Bay Cree Syllabics (Northern Dialect). Retrieved from [URL]|
|MLA:||Luci Bobbish Salt, Alice Duff, Linda Visitor, Marguerite MacKenzie & Marie-Odile Junker. Spelling East Cree For Eastern James Bay Cree Syllabics (Northern Dialect). 2016. [date]|
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