Hočąk Syllabary, Transliteration, and Pronunciation


Key to Numbered Columns:

1. orthography used by the Hočąk Encyclopedia
2. orthography used by Reverend James Owen Dorsey
3. orthographies used by Paul Radin
4. orthography used by W. C. McKern (see also, 1)
5. orthography used by the Hočąk Wazijači Language and Culture Program = Kenneth Miner = Johannes Helmbrecht and Christian Lehmann

The examples of syllabary letters are taken from Sam Blowsnake's transcription of Radin's Notebook entry, Winnebago V, #7: 1-27.

1 Pronunciation Syllabary 2 3 4 5 Notes
glottal stop (hiyuša jikere) /’/ as in "’uh’oh" or in the syllabic script, there is no independent letter for /’/ — it is represented contextually by the doubling of the vowel after the consonant having the glottal stop
a, ă /u/ as in "but" a a a a  
a, ā /a/ as in "father" a a, ā a, ā aa  
’a   ’a ’a ’a ’a when this syllabic letter follows a consonant, it has the value /’a/
ą nasalized /ă/ aⁿ ăⁿ, ăñ, ą̆ ã ą  
ą
nasalized /ā/
aⁿ añ, ą ã ąą
-
neutral /u/ as in "but"
a ʌ, a ʌ -
not recognized as a phoneme – rare in Radin, but common in McKern
-
nasalized /ʌ/
- ʌ̃ ʌ̃ -
not recognized as a phoneme – rare in Radin, but common in McKern
b /b/ as in "boy" b b b b in the syllabic script, frequently used for /p/ as well 
č /ch/ as in "church" , tc tc tc c in the syllabic script, the first form is used where disambiguation seems important
č’ glottalized /ch/ , tc’ tc’ tc’ - in the syllabic script, the first form is used where disambiguation seems important
e, ĕ /e/ as in "bet" e e, ĕ e, ĕ e  
e, ē /e/ as in "née" e e, ē e, ē ee  
’e  
’e ’e ’e, ‘e ’e  
- nasalized /e/ eⁿ eⁿ, eñ, ę - - not recognized as either a phoneme or an allophone; later dropped by Radin
g /g/ as in "go" , g g g g in the syllabic script, the first form is typical of initial letters
ǧ palatal /g/ as in /gh/ of the Scottish "Edinburgh" gh γ ġ, ƙ ǧ in practice, McKern does not usually make this distinction
h /h/ as in "hotel" , h h h, ‘ h the second syllabic /h/ reflects the form that it takes when it elides with the previous or succeeding letter
i, ĭ /i/ as in "hit"  , i i, ĭ i, ĭ i in the syllabic script, the first form, an elevated dot following the letter, is almost universal
i, ī
/i/ as in "elite"
 , i i, ī i, ī ii
’i   ’i ’i ’i, ‘i ’i  
į nasalized /ĭ/  , iⁿ ĭⁿ, ĭñ, į̆ ĩ į  
į
nasalized /ī/
 , iⁿ īⁿ, īñ, į̄ ĩ įį
j /j/ as in "jet" dj dj dj j in the syllabic script, frequently used for /c/ (/č/) as well
k /k/ as in "kill" , , k k k k in the syllabic script, the first form is used where disambiguation seems important
k’ glottalized /k/ , , k’ k‘, k’ k‘, k’ k’ in the syllabic script, the first form is used where disambiguation seems important
m /m/ as in "man" m m m m  
n /n/ as in "no" n n n n  
n, r
/n/ as in "number"
, - n, r ň
an /n/ produced by the assimilation of an /r/ to the preceding nasal vowel
- /ng/ as in "sing"   ()ⁿ, ŋ, ñ ()ⁿ, ŋ, ñ ŋ - the use of ñ is still found in some texts of this encyclopedia; later dropped by Radin
o, ŏ

/o/ as in Spanish favor

o ŏ ŏ o
in the syllabary, the same letter stands for both /o/ and /u/
o, ō /o/ as in "go," but often confused with /u/ o ō ō oo  
’o glottalized /o/ ’o ’o ’o ’o
ǫ nasalized /o/ oⁿ oⁿ, oñ, ǫ õ - this is not a phoneme in Hočąk, but it does occur as an allophone
p /p/ as in "pen" , p p p p in the syllabic script, the second form is frequently used for /b/ as well 
p’ glottalized /p/ , p’ p‘, p’ p‘, p’ p’ in the syllabic script, the second form is frequently used for /b/ as well
r a laterally flapped /r/ that sounds similar to an /l/ l, r r lr r  
s /s/ as in "grass" , s s s s in the syllabic script, the first form is used where disambiguation seems important
s’ glottalized /s/ , s’ s’ s’ s in the syllabic script, the first form is used where disambiguation seems important
š /sh/ as in "should" , c c c š in the syllabic script, the first form is used where disambiguation seems important
š’ glottalized /š/ , c’ c’ c’ š’ in the syllabic script, the first form is used where disambiguation seems important
t /d/ as in "dog" (but unvoiced) d d d t said to be unaspirated, voiceless rather like the t in "stop" by Helmbrecht-Lehmann; this would be the Sanskrit ṭ (ट)
t’ glottalized /t/ t’ t’ t’ t’  
u, ŭ /u/ as in "put," but often confused with /o/ u ŭ ŭ u in the syllabary, the same letter stands for both /o/ and /u/
u, ū
/u/ as in "rude," but often confused with /o/
u ū ū uu
’u   ’u ’u ’u ’u  
ų nasalized /ŭ/ uⁿ ŭⁿ, ŭñ, ų̆ ũ ų in the syllabary, the same letter stands for both /o/ and /u/
ų nasalized /ū/ uⁿ ūⁿ, ūñ, ų̄ ũ ųų in the syllabary, the same letter stands for both /o/ and /u/
w /w/ as in "wood" w w w w  
x palatal /k/ (as in the German "ch") , q, x x ƙ x in the syllabic script, the first form is used where disambiguation seems important
x’ glottalized /x/ (palatal /k/) , x’ x’ - x’ in the syllabic script, the first form is used where disambiguation seems important
y /y/ as in "young" , y y y y the second syllabic /y/ reflects the form that it takes when it elides with the succeeding letter
z /z/ as in "zebra" z z z z in the syllabic script, this form is frequently used for /s/ as well
ž /z/ as in "azure" - the Middle English /ʒ/ j j j ž in the syllabic script, this form is frequently used for /š/ as well

A sample text from "Įčorúšika and His Brothers," from Paul Radin, "Intcohorúcika," Winnebago Notebooks (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society) Notebook #14: 1-67: 

Syl = syllabic text, Eng = English translation
Syl. de e w n Kde. Ai soAo Ki tti wi s. m n Kese e Ki. tt n K. w xoAo liAi ni w s tti se s Ki. A Ke Ai d
1 Žee wanąkše, "Hisųkijiwira, mąnągere egi janąga waxopįnį warajireragi, hąke hižą
2 jee wanaⁿce, "hisuⁿkidjiwila, maⁿnaⁿkele egi djanaⁿga waqopiⁿniⁿ waladjilelagi, haⁿke hijaⁿ
3 jee wanañce "hisuñkidjiwira maⁿnañkre egi djanañga waxopiⁿniⁿ waradjireragi hañke hijaⁿ
4 Jee wanãce, "Hisũkidjiwira, mãnãkᵋre egi djanãga waƙopĩnĩ waradjireragi, hãke hijã
5 Že’e wąąnąkše, "Hisųkijiwira, mąąnañkre ’eegi jaanąga waxopįnį warajireragi, hąąke hižą
Eng. That one he was saying, "My younger brothers, in this world [here] all there are spirits [the various ones,] not one of them

 

Syl. Ai Ki rK ni n. wy K ttAK dA n. di Ke. m xiAi wK se Ki. tt n K Ki. di Ke A Ke Ai d Ai Ki rK ni n.
1 hikisganįną. Waikąčąkšaną. Žige mąxi wągaregi janągagi, žige hąke hižą hikisganįną."
2 hikisganiⁿnaⁿ. waikaⁿtcaⁿkcanaⁿ. jige maⁿxi waⁿgalegi djanaⁿgagi, jige haⁿke hijaⁿ hikisganiⁿnaⁿ."
3 hikisganiⁿnaⁿ. waikaⁿtcañkcanaⁿ. jige mañxi wañgaregi djanañgagi jige hañke hijaⁿ hikisganiⁿnaⁿ."
4 hikisganĩnã. Waikãtcãkcanã. Jige mãƙi wãkᵋregi djanãgagi, jige hãke hijã hikisganĩnã."
5 hikisganįną. Waikąčąkšąną. Žige mąąxi wąąkregi jaanągagi, žige hąąke hižą hikisganįną."
Eng. he is not my equal. I am holy. And [sky, clouds] above every one of them, again not one of them he is not equal to me."