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shulush
shoes, shoe

Rule Five

When a double consonant is written, both are pronounced.  This gives the effect of one long, drawn out consonant.  Listen closely to the pronunciation of the double consonants.

pokkoli          

ten                    

homma         

red

υlla          

child

issish

blood

ibbak

hand

υmmi

mine

kυllo

hard

atobbi

to pay

libbi

to burn

sokko

thick

illi

die

tiwwi          

to open

 

Minor Rule

The white missionaries often did not hear the double consonants because English does not have them; in English, tt sounds the same as t.  The missionaries often wrote a single consonant where they should have written a double.  Allen Wright, a Choctaw, carefully wrote all double consonants in his dictionary.

Here are some words which the missionaries wrote single consonants.

tuchchena/tuchena          

three                          

hashshuk/hashuk          

grass

chukka/chuka

house

hoppi/hopi

to bury

nittak/nitak

day

iyyi/iyi

foot

issi/isi

deer

hattak/hatak

person, man             

pokkoli/pokoli     

ten

katimma/katima     

which way

 

 
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