Ponca Language Class with my Grandfather, Edwin Little Cook Parts of the body
Words are spelled as they sound. X indicates
the throat sound made with the back of
the tongue on the roof of the mouth. There should be no hard and fast
rule on pronouncing these words according to the English Language,
because certainly this would be wrong. There is a nasal sound to many
words and that almost has to be heard, too. Some words have parts that
are emphasized and in the same word a part that is soft and almost not
heard. In some words there is a rise and fall of one sylable over
another and this is difficult to show.Again, this almost has to be
heard to be learned.
We have many linguists, who have tried to write the language, and have
made a life time study through government grants, but where is their
material? Their methods cause even more confusion, and I believe the
sounding words out according to just how the word sounds in English is
the best way, but must be approached with careful study.
Head -- Nah-shkee' or Nah-sh key'
Mouth -- Ee (long e)
Eye -- Eenk stah' (soft k, almost not
there, long E)
Teeth -- He (strong h, long ee)
Face -- En day'( soft n, long E, emphasize E)
Nose -- Pbah (pb together by putting
lips together to pronouce p and b at the same time. Pbah
Jaw -- Thay'-bah
Throat -- Newn'-day, second n,nasal
Neck -- Pbah' he
Tongue -- Thay' ze
Arm -- AHHH' kay (Double emphasize
first sylable, soft kay. Inflection here is a questioning sound.
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