Glottal stop

The glottal stop is one of the most frequent letters used in the Cheyenne language. A glottal stop is the quick stopping of sound created when the flap of skin in the throat voicebox called the glottis closes the air flow so no sound passes through. There are a number of words in Cheyenne which are different by whether or not they have the glottal stop:

 ' (glottal stop)
With glottal:		Without glottal:
he'ama	   up			heama	  on the side
nahko'e    Mother!		nahkohe   bear		 
he'e	   liver		hee	  Oh?!
he'e'hame  mares		heehame   her husband
ma'estoo'o pillow		maestoo'o throat
ma'ome	   ice		 	emaome	  sweatlodge
eho'esta   He whooped.	ehoesta	He read it.

eho'ehne	He came.
ehoehne	He went out.

eše'šeotse 	He woke up.
ešešeotse 	It came loose.

eho'xeotse	He got used to it. 
ehoxeotse	It got rotten.

evo'neotse	It dawned.
evoneotse	It disappeared.

nęhe'še	then
nęhešeha	Tell that to him!

ve'ho'e	whiteman
eveho'e	He sang praise.



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