Day 66: Plant Names in ᏣᎳᎩ

In learning ᏣᎳᎩ I’m trying to work through the plants I know and put them into the syllabary system. Here’s the list I have so far, and for any ᏣᎳᎩ speakers out there, this is probably not very accurate and I welcome any suggestions folks may have.

Tsalv – ᏣᎸ or ᏣᎷ (I’m still new to the “u” vs “v” sounds)

Agvyvla – ᎠᎬᏴᎳ

Tsa’l-agayv’li – ᏣᎳᎦᏴᎵ

Tsaliyu’sti – ᏣᎵᏳᏍᏘ

Gawasvgi/Gow’vgi – ᎦᏩᏒᎩ/ᎪᏮᎩ

Ganigwiliski/Inatuwadzitsv – ᎦᏂᏈᎵᏍᎩ/ᎢᎾᏚᏩᏥᏨ

WalEu uniglEgisti/Agi’ka’iga – ᏩᎴᎤ ᎤᏂᏞᎩᏍᏘ (hard to transcribe the “gle” sound, probably the “Ꮮ” sound)/ᎠᎩᎧᎢᎦ

Yana Utsesta – ᏯᎾ ᎤᏤᏍᏔ

A’hawi Akata – ᎠᎭᏫ ᎠᎧᏔ

Kan?statsi – ᎧᏀᏍᏔᏥ (it’s hard to transcribe the “kan?” so I filled it in with the long voweled “Ꮐ” “nah” sound)

Distai’yi – ᏗᏍᏔᎢᏱ

U’ga-atasgi’ski – ᎤᎦᎠᏔᏍᎩᏍᎩ (although in Mooney’s romanization he has “sgi” and “ski” as separate spellings in the syllabary there is only “Ꭹ” used for both the “gi” and “ki” sounds”

A’tali kvli – ᎠᏔᎵ ᎬᎵ (Mooney has “û” in “kûli” which I believe corresponds to the “v” sound as in “gv” “Ꭼ”)

Tayv/Tayv invgEhEi’i – ᏔᏴ/ᏔᏴ ᎥᏅᎨᎮᎢᎢ

Things I’ve learned so far:

  1. The differences between the “u” and the “v” are very important and often really hard to decipher from poorly romanized materials.
  2. “g” and “k” sounds are often the same, as are “d” and “t” sounds.
  3. “j”, “dz”, and “tch” sounds are often the same, even though they may be romanized as individual sounds.

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