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Mokelumne

Postby Mradford » Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:07 pm

How do you pronounce this word?!



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Re: Mokelumne

Postby AlmostThere » Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:14 pm

Mo-kull-o-mee.
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Re: Mokelumne

Postby Tollermom » Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:19 pm

Or...muh (like uh with a short U)-kuh (again sounds like uh)- luh (once again like uh)-mee
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Re: Mokelumne

Postby Mradford » Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:36 pm

Thanks guys!
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Re: Mokelumne

Postby rlown » Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:34 pm

i'm not sure why you think the N is silent. From wikipedia (if you trust it):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mokelumne_River

( /məˈkʌləmni/) the text walks you through how to pronounce it.
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Re: Mokelumne

Postby Tollermom » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:01 pm

Locals leave the N silent. Same with Toulomne Meadows in Yosemite. Not sure I always trust Wiki. :-k
http://www.pronouncenames.com/pronounce/mokelumne
http://sierrawild.gov/wilderness/mokelumne
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Re: Mokelumne

Postby rlown » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:07 pm

that's a logical conclusion but then for Tuolumne it shows this: http://www.pronouncenames.com/search?name=tuolumne

I'm seeing a Knee there towards the bottom.

I'm thinking we're not the ones to answer this question. :nod:

personally, i include the N in both when i say either name. I don't trust the govt site either. "locals" has a different definition today.. and might just be a lazy tongue.
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Re: Mokelumne

Postby mokelumnekid » Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:35 pm

Hmmm...can't say that I've ever heard anyone call out the "n" in either Mokelumne or Tuolumne. Don't know what a local is, but I did grow up right on the river. If someone is more local than that, they must be treading water. :D
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Re: Mokelumne

Postby rlown » Sat Sep 08, 2012 3:15 pm

You're pretty much a local MK. But, that is the "dialect" you learned at that time. Who do we ask? must be an indian history buff out there somewhere who might have preserved the language.
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Re: Mokelumne

Postby Fly Guy Dave » Sat Sep 08, 2012 7:34 pm

According to Gudde's 1,000 California Place Names its pronounced mo-kel-um-ee, which is the name of the Muguelemnes Indians. The ending -umni means "people" or "the people of the Mokel," which was a Miwok village near Lockeford.
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