CHAPTER 4

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED ORTHOGRAPHY

Consonants

b, d, ch, f, g, h, (or j), k, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, w, y, ?

Vowels

Simple Oral Vowels: i, e, a, o, u, ?
Simple Nasal Vowels: in, en, an, on, un, ?n
Compound Vowels: ie (ye), ia (ya), (y?), iu (yu)

     (w?), ua (wa), ui (wi), ue (we)
ei, ou, au, a?

Semi-Vowels or Glides:

1. i ? y  and u ? w when they occur between two other vowels.

2. When i or u occur word initially and           together with the succeeding vowel forms a mono-syllable,i ? y and u ? w.
Nasalization

1. n before another consonant indicates nasalization of the preceding vowel(s).

2. ? is used in place of y which occurs under the same conditions as y in word initial or inter-vocallic position.

Stress

Stress tends to fall on the first syllable of two syllable words, and on the second syllable of longer words.  Only the exceptions are to be marked.

 

Supplementary Bibliography

Hadel, Richard, 1975 Dictionary of Central American Carib.  BISRA, St.
John’s College, Belize City