Thanks - I saw that, and "sue" (minus w-glide) makes sense to me as an analogy for Lakota u
. I was just kinda surprised to see it described as /ʊ/ elsewhere.
Also, as an American English speaker, which of these English sounds closest to Lakota o
as in tópa
- below (ignore the w-glide)
- more (ignore r-thingy)
Basically, I'm trying to see if I can come up with an English mneumonic that helps English speakers remember the sounds of the Lakota vowels. Something like "fa
nto..." (and that's where I got stuck).