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:

espeak-ng and CED phonetics (initial results)

2020-05-11 Michael Conrad  251 minute read

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 the 1,630 conjugated challenges from the Bound Pronouns app for review by those interested.

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]

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A total of 325 dual-language articles were found.

46 articles have links to audio. Some audio files may be missing.

This list was generated using a custom scraping program written in Java.

Cherokee Reference Grammar

2020-04-05 Michael Conrad  3 minute read

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The Cherokees have the oldest and best-known Native American writing system in the United States. Invented by Sequoyah and made public in 1821, it was rapidly adopted, leading to nineteenth-century Cherokee literacy rates as high as 90 percent. This writing system, the Cherokee syllabary, is fully explained and used throughout this volume, the first and only complete published grammar of the Cherokee language.

Cherokee Narratives: A Linguistic Study

2020-04-05 Michael Conrad  1 minute read

The stories of the Cherokee people presented here capture in written form tales of history, myth, and legend for readers, speakers, and scholars of the Cherokee language. Assembled by noted authorities on Cherokee, this volume marks an unparalleled contribution to the linguistic analysis, understanding, and preservation of Cherokee language and culture.

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