GUIDE TO PRONUNCIATION
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KEY TO THE SYMBOLS
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The pronunciation is indicated by the simple system of respelling which is used in Webster's International Dictionary. It employs the diacritically marked letters familiar in the schoolbooks of the country. "The defects of the English orthography are well known, but, under the circumstances, we have no choice but to follow it, making up for its deficiencies by the necessary explanations. In the phonetics of the language one point is specially interesting, both as illustrating the usual result of the fusion of two or more languages, and as showing one of the laws which must govern the formation of any international speech. As the Jargon is to be spoken by Englishmen and Frenchmen, and by Indians of at least a dozen tribes, so as to be alike easy and intelligible to all, it must admit no sound which cannot be readily pronounced by all. The numerous harsh Indian gutturals either disappear entirely, or are softened to h and k. On the other hand, the d, f, g, r. v, z, of the English and French become in the mouth of a Chinook t, p, k, l, w, and s. The English j (dzh) is changed to ch (tsh); the French nasal n is dropped, or is retained without its nasal sound."—Hale. Authority used, Eells.

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