Spelling East Cree (Southern) – 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 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.
ᐧᐃ and ᐧᐄ
Words beginning with ᐧᐃ and ᐧᐄ sound alike. In order to decide which one to write, it is best to check with the dictionary.
|ᐧᐃᔮᓐᐦ||calf of leg||ᐧᐄᐧᐋᐤ||them|
|ᐧᐃᔫ||her/his body||ᐧᐄᐤᐦ||his wife|
|ᐧᐃᔩ||her/his bladder||ᐧᐄᐧᐊᑦ||his bag, load, container|
ᐧᐃᓐ at the end of a word
A noun can be made from a verb by adding ᐧᐃᓐ to a verb.
ᐧᐊᑦ at the end of a word (A NEW RULE Fall 2015)
Words which refer to a box or container or sealed packages are now spelled with ᐧᐊᑦ at the end (and not ᐧᐃᑦ).
ᓂ at the beginning of a word
In many words, which begin with ᓂ, there is a tendency to write this syllabic symbol as a small. But the small symbol is only used at the end of words.
Some of the numbers are pronounced two ways, with or without ᓂ at the beginning.
ᒋ at the beginning of a word
Often words, which are written with ᒋ at the beginning, are pronounced with ᔥ or ᔅ. The big ᒋ should still be written before ᑎ, ᑐ, ᑕ.
Also before ᒌ…
|ᒋᒌ ᒥᔅᑫᓐ||ᔅᒌ ᒥᔅᑫᓐ|
|ᒋᒌ ᒦᒋᓐ||ᔅᒌ ᒦᒋᓐ|
ᒋ in the middle of a word…
See also: Spelling East Cree – Northern Dialect – Syllabic symbols not to forget to write
Table of Contents
- Dialect Differences
- ᒋᐦᑲᔥᑖᑲᓐᐦ The Use of Dots
- Syllabic Finals
- Small syllabic symbols at the end of the word
- No ᒻ or ᓐ in the middle of a word
- ᒃ and ᒄ at the end of a word
- How the small syllabic symbols change when an ending is added
- ᔅ and ᔥ
- ᔦᐦᔦᐧᐋᑲᓐ The use of the ᐦ (h) final
- Large syllabic symbols that sound like finals
- ᐃ, ᐄ and ᔨ
- Syllabic symbols not to forget to write
- Adding endings to nouns and verbs
- New spellings as of summer 2015
- 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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