Like most languages of Indigenous peoples, historically the language of the Ĩyãħé Nakoda was oral, without an equivalent written format.
The challenge has been to develop a writing system that authentically represents the particular sounds of the oral Ĩyãħé Nakoda language.
More recently, various Elders and Traditionalists, "Keepers of the Language", concerned language speakers, and linguistic specialists have all agreed that a standardized writing system specific to the distinct Ĩyãħé Nakoda dialect needs to be developed and implemented.
Such a standardized writing system for the Ĩyãħé Nakoda language must be universally identifiable, and it must correctly include each oral sound of this dialect.
Certain sounds in the Ĩyãħé Nakoda language cannot be replicated using only the English language alphabet, and some letter sounds and letter-combination sounds in the English language alphabet do not exist in the Ĩyãħé Nakoda language.
The Ĩyãħé Nakoda Alphabet included in this official Rocky Mountain Nakoda website is formally acknowledged as the standardized writing system for the critically endangered Ĩyãħé Nakoda language!The Ĩyãħé Nakoda Alphabet is comprised of 28 Latin-derived characters and precise symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
Each letter in the Ĩyãħé Nakoda Alphabet represents a single distinct sound. No letter is silent. Letters are not combined to create a new sound. In other words, one letter always represents one specific sound only.
It is just that simple!
The Ĩyãħé Nakoda Alphabet and all words in the Ĩyãħé Nakoda language on this website accurately replicate the unique dialect spoken by the Ĩyãħé Nakoda.
These individual sounds are also heard in other languages elsewhere in the world. However, the specific alphabet sequence and the corresponding sounds that form the words of the Ĩyãħé Nakoda language are what distinguish it from other languages.
By learning each letter with its respective sound in the Ĩyãħé Nakoda Alphabet, a person can then easily progress to accurately pronounce, read, write, and speak the Ĩyãħé Nakoda language!
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