Heiltsuk Alphabet Chart – Audio by Ǧvu̓í/Rory Housty

Alphabet Chart created by the Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre, 1986. Text by John Rath, illustrations by Shirl Hall.


 

Part 1 – Obstruents

Plosives

Fricatives

Plain

Aspirated

Glottalized

b

básbúlí

rose hip

p

púxva

blow with mouth

p̓uái

halibut

d

 

daṇdáṇ

bell

t

 

tsá

to push

 

t̓álús

slices of dried fish

z


zúsa

to dig

c


cása

to pour water


c̓ṃ

index finger

s


sṃ́s

mouth

λ


λáλap̓ika

woodpecker

ƛ


ƛizáyú

racket

ƛ́


ƛ́gís

heart

ɫ


ɫáɫa

monster with basket

g


gḷá

to go on all fours

k


kála

hold up on palms of hands


k̓áskás

claws, talons

x


xṇ́dac̓i

mirror

gv


gvúgví

leg

kv


kvíkva

whistle with fingers

k̓v


k̓vák̓vṃt̓a

hummingbird

xv


xvḷ́tḷa

fire

ǧv


ǧválás

lizard

qv


qvínáyu

key

q́v


q́vúq̓vs

mountain

x̌v


x̌vdáyú

knife


ǧṇṃ́

woman, female

q


qqs

eye


q̓gṇá

halibut hook


x̌áx̌

bone

Part 2 – Resonants

Plain

Glottalized

Consonantal

Vocalic

Consonantal

Vocalic

with high tone

with low tone

m


muác̓i

bath tub

ṃ́


c̓ṃ́

index finger


k̓vúdṃ

nail


m̓ṇúkv

one

ṃ̓


k̓váxdṃ̓a

chair

n


nínúya

to sing

ṇ́


ɫṇ́ta

to blow the nose


yádṇ

rattle


n̓usí

moon month

ṇ̓


c̓ṇ̓íƛḷá

procession into house

l


luáɫ

ghost

ḷ́


mḷ́xvḷá

to smile


tsḷsá

to push while outside


l̓ǧṃ́

putty

ḷ̓


sḷ̓ṃ́bá

bit for drilling

y


yádṇ

rattle


mít

porcupine

i


ƛizáyú

racket


y̓úgva

to rain, spell of rain


p̓sp̓i̓ú

ear

w


wáwádi

kelp


púxva

blow with mouth

u


gvusí

potatoes


w̓áx̌ac̓i

pipe for smoke or smoking


t̓út̓u̓a

star

h


háy̓ásu

hand


k̓vás

small mussels

a


k̓vas

to sit outside


láh̓á

yes


λa̓ús

tree to stand outside

ħ

see accompanying booklet

ʔ

see accompanying booklet