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Syllables ending with H

Odd-numbered syllables ending with H are often whispered and shortened. Here are some examples comparing whispered and regular syllables. (Listen especially for the bolded syllables.)


Whispered (sounds like ehyátkwaˀ): ehyádǫ̲hkwaˀ pencil 

Regular ehyá:dǫh she writes 



Whispered (sounds like tęnáǫhaˀ): de̲hęnaǫháˀ they (m) race 

Regular: degęnaǫháˀ they (animals) are racers 


Whispered (sounds like khswáhęhs): gǫ̲hswáhęhs I hate you

Regular:: gǫnǫ́hweˀs I like you 


Whispered (sounds like sgá:ne:s): sa̲hsgá:ne:s you long for something 

Regular: hahsgá:ne:s he longs for something something 


Here are some observations about these examples: