Cherokee Language Lessons

espeak-ng and CED phonetics

2020-06-29 Michael Conrad  14 minute read

(Audio updated 2020-06-29)

I've been working on adding Cherokee support to the espeak-ng speech synthesizer. While more work definitely needs done, I think this is a good start.

I have chosen to use the Cherokee-English Dictionary phonetics, as this is the only written form that indicates both tone and cadence that is in common use. Hopefully the results will be good enough at a future date to be able to add pronunciations for all the C.E.D. and Raven Rock entries at the Cherokee Dictionary Project

I have posted here the espeak-ng output for 100 of the conjugated challenges from the Bound Pronouns app for review by those interested.

As a student of the Cherokee language, and not having any first language or second language speakers near by presents a challenge when working on learning the basic pitch tones of the language and the cadence of words.

Fortunately the Cherokee-English Dictionary has fully annotated pronunciation entries available.

The following examples demonstrate why creating these audio files is so important:

Bound Pronouns

2020-06-01 Michael Conrad  4 minute read

(App updated 2020-06-10)

This is a custom "flash card" style program to assist with learning the bound pronouns. It has options to display using either Latin, Syllabary, both, or none. The software keeps track of your progress and schedules cards based on how well you do. Cards you have problems with are repeated often. Cards you do well with are not.

The program includes spoken audio (synthetic) for each of the challenges, over 1,800 of them.

A list of glottal stop stems in the Cherokee English Dictionary (CED)

2020-04-13 Cherokee English Dictionary  15 minute read

  • ᎤᏩᎫᎴᎦ
    [u¹wa²ku²³le³²ga] {ɂ} (vi) “he’s belching, burping”

    • ᎠᎩᎫᎴᎦ
      [a¹gi²ku²³le³²ga]

    • ᎤᏩᎫᎴᏨᎢ
      [u¹wa²ku²³le³²jv²³ɂi]

    • ᎤᏩᎫᎴᎪᎢ
      [u¹wa²ku²³le³²go³ɂi]

    • ᏣᎫᎴᎩ
      [ja²ku²le¹gi]

    • ᎤᏩᎫᎴᎢᏍᏗ
      [ụ²wa²ku²³lẹ³ɂị²sdi]