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16. ȟ versus ǧ

PostPosted: February 11th, 2009, 2:43 am
by Jan
The Lakota ȟ and ǧ sound somewhat similar. The only difference between them is in voicing:

ȟ is voiceless
ǧ is voiced

pairs of voiceless and voiced sounds exist in English as well.

'th' in 'think''th' in 'this'
's' in 'insure''s' in 'pleasure'

You can learn about voicing by doing the following: place the palm of your hand on the top of your head and say: "sssssssssssssssssssss." Then say: "zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz." While saying the latter sound you should feel vibration under your hand. It is the vocal cord that vibrates when we pronounce voiced sounds. The difference between ȟ and ǧ is the same as between s and z in that ȟ is voiceless and ǧ is voiced.

Listen to the audio track and select ȟ or ǧ for each word:

1: pants

2: mountain

3: elk

4: bread

5: ear

6: flower

7: fish

8: drum

9: badger

10: cottonwood

11: fox

12: rain

13: cloud

14: crow

15: duck

16: racoon

17: goose

18: leaf

19: star

20: pot