Writing Tāłtān

The Tāłtān Alphabet was developed by linguist Colin Carter in consultation with Tāłtān speakers, Elders and language instructors Patrick Carlick, Edith Carlick and Freddie Quock from Telegraph Creek; Angela Dennis and Regina Louie from Iskut and Susie Tashoots and Myra Blackburn from Dease Lake. The Tāłtān Alphabet is phonetic, which means that every Tāłtān sound is written with the same symbol. This is different from the English alphabet where sounds can be written with various letters and combinations of them.

The Tāłtān alphabet is a summation of the 47 sounds of the Tāłtān language. Carter and the Tāłtān consultants decided to use English letters and represent specialized Tāłtān sounds with more than one letter (eg. dz tl ch) and other markings such as underlining, apostrophe and macrons (eg. s t’ ā.).

The Tāłtān Alphabet is a resource for learners to match sounds to symbols. It is also for those who can already speak Tāłtān but want to learn the alphabet to help them read and write in the language.

You can listen to the sounds associated with the symbols using the Alphabet Flashcards here



Download Tāłtān Alphabet chart (pdf)