Whispered I̲H, E̲H, and Ę̲H, plus another vowel

The following examples illustrate various combinations of whispered I̲H, E̲H, and Ę̲H, followed by another vowel. It is often difficult to hear any trace of the whispered vowel, and it sounds like two syllables are pronounced as one. As well, whispered I̲, E̲, and Ę̲ are sometimes replaced by a whispered Y sound.

 

Whispered I̲H, plus another vowel


GI̲HÉ sounds like KÉ: gi̲hé:yǫhs I am dying 

GÍHE: ęgíhe:ˀ I will die 

 

SI̲HA sounds like SHHA: gadíhsi̲ha:ˀ they are congregated 

DIHA: hadihá:wiˀs they carry along 

 

DRI̲HÓ sounds like TRO: agadri̲hóˀda:t I worked 

DRÍHO: ęgaǫdríhoˀda:t they (f/m) are going to work 

 

NI̲HÚ sounds like NHYÚ: ni̲hú:ˀuh he is small 

GIHÚ: nigihú:ˀuh a small stream 

 

NI̲HE sounds like NHYE: agę́ni̲hęˀ I stopped, quit 

NÍHE: sęní:hę: quit! 

 

DRI̲HǪ́ sounds like TRǪ:  honadri̲hǫ́:dǫˀ they (m) are agents 

IHǪ: ni̲hǫwáihǫ:t he has appointed him 

 

Whispered E̲H, plus another vowel

DE̲HĘ sounds like TE: de̲hęnaǫháˀ they (males) are racing

EHĘ: no example provided

 

GE̲HA sounds like KYA: ęknége̲haˀ I will drink it 

GEHA: snegéhah drink it! 

 

GE̲HÓ sounds like KYÓ: hadihǫwaˀge̲hó:nǫˀ sailors

GEHÓ: hahędagehó:nǫˀ farmer 

 

DE̲HÚ sounds like TYÚ: niyokde̲hú:ˀuh small root 

DEHU: no example provided

 

DE̲HĘ sounds like TYĘ: ęgáde̲hęh I will be embarrassed 

DÉHĘ: gadéhęhs I am embarrassed, ashamed 

 

GE̲HǪ sounds like KYǪ: ęhsátge̲hǫ:ˀ you will sell 

GEHǪ: hatgéhǫhaˀ he is an auctioneer 

 

Whispered Ę̲H, plus another vowel 

GĘ̲HÉ sounds like KHÉ: deyagwi̲hsragę̲hé:yǫ: she is sighing 

GĘHÉ: agyaˀdagęhé:yǫ: I am physically weak, slow 

 

GĘ̲HĘ sounds like KĘ: howę́gę̲hę:ˀ it used to be his

GĘHĘ: agawęgę́hę:ˀ it used to be mine 

 

JĘ̲HǪ sounds like CH'HǪ: ęhseję̲hǫhsgwáę:ˀ you will whisper 

JĘHǪ: sajęhǫhsgwáę: whisper!