The words of Northern Pomo are made up of 39 distinct sounds, many quite different from English. It's possible to write the sounds of a language in many ways. Here we use a writing system that attempts to capture all the important sound distinctions while still aiming to minimize the number of special characters.
Click on a letter to listen to the corresponding sound. Each sound is repeated twice so you can hear it clearly. (Note: it may take a few seconds to hear the sound, depending on your internet speed.)
How can I type these letters on my computer or mobile?
Some of the characters in this Northern Pomo alphabet are not found on typical electronic keyboards. There are three ways to deal with this.
- Use alternates for the letters that are not like the English alphabet:
- ʔ = ?
- t̪ = T
- t̪ʰ = Th
- tʰ = th
- pʰ = ph
- kʰ = kh
- If you have a Mac, create your own keyboard using Ukelele for Mac.
- There are several apps for inputting letters on mobile depending on your device:
- The Type IPA website has an online keyboard that allows you to type the Northern Pomo alphabet. You can find the symbols on the IPA Full keyboard.