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The Vowel System of Mösiehuali̱
The vowel system of Mösiehuali̱ (Tetelcingo Nahuatl or Aztec) is particularly interesting because the historical distinction of length has been changed into other phonetic differences which are easier to hear. For the high vowels (i and o) the "long" variant is more tense or close, and for the low vowels it is a diphthong.
(Compare the general vowel chart for Nahuatl.)
The sound [I] (the "short i" sound of bit), which corresponds to the short i of other Nahuatl dialects, is sometimes pronounced so open as to nearly be an [e]. In the orthography used in the Vocabulario mexicano de Tetelcingo (Brewer & Brewer, 1962) it is written as an underlined i, i.e. i̱. (It has also been written with a barred-i, ɨ.) The diphthong [ⁱe] is the sound that is written ie in Pierre or in Spanish words like piedra "stone". The other vowels are pronounced like their Spanish equivalents, except for the diphthong [ɔ] (which corresponds to the long a ([ā]) of other dialects). This vowel is like much like the aw sound of raw (in those English dialects that distinguish that sound from a, distinguishing e.g. paw [pɔ] from pa [pa]). In the Vocabulario it is written ö. (It has also been written ä.)
--David TuggyThe Mösiehuali̱ speaker whose voice is heard illustrating the vowel sounds is Trinidad Ramírez Amaro.
- A greeting in Mösiehuali̱
- See how to build the following long word in Mösiehuali̱: nehualmoyecastemojmoluni̱jtzinuti̱nemi̱squiöni̱.
- Spanish borrowings in Mösiehuali̱
- Mösiehuali̱ consonants
- Mösiehuali̱ honorifics