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Timberghost
Timberghost

September 20th, 2010, 8:53 pm #1

Fm: R. Scott Nelson
To: Sasquatch Research Community

Re: Sasquatch Phonetic Alphabet (SPA) (attached)

Since I became involved in Sasquatch research a little over two years ago, I have received dozens of e-mails from around the country involving first-hand witness accounts, many containing recorded audio files, of perceived Sasquatch Language. Virtually all of these have included an attempt to spell out Sasquatch words using Standard English. This is of little value to the language researcher, since English is notoriously non-phonetic and is subject to widely-varied local dialects.

Since our ultimate goal is the recovery of Sasquatch Language, I have found it necessary to establish a phonetic alphabet and transcription standard (based on the transcription of the Berry/Morehead tapes), by which the contrast and comparison of all future suspected language can be facilitated.

To this end, as an invaluable tool in the future of Sasquatch Language research, I am requesting that the attached standard be published on research web-sites and that it be copied and distributed freely. With this, I am also requesting that local investigators begin using this alphabet as soon as possible to accurately document any perceived Sasquatch Language.

This standard should not be limited to first-hand witness accounts or recordings from North America, but should be used by investigators world-wide, since most languages have many of the same non-phonetic characteristics as English. The work is written in the style of a military SOP (Standard Operating Procedure).

It is my belief that there is nothing more important, at this early stage of Sasquatch Language study, than to standardize the documentation of evidence.

With highest regard for all those engaged in the work of Sasquatch recognition;

R. Scott Nelson
20 June 2010


Sasquatch Phonetic Alphabet
and Transcription Standard

Submitted by R. Scott Nelson


The Sasquatch Phonetic Alphabet (SPA) will alternately be known by the more formal denomination, Unclassified Hominid Phonetic Alphabet (UHPA), until such time as the subject Being is scientifically classified, or documented linguistic contact has been established. Sasquatch is used here as a generally accepted term for the subject Being. A variation of the English Reformed Phonetic Alphabet is used, as transcribed from the Berry/Morehead Tapes (BMT).

The existence of the Sasquatch Being is hereby assumed, since any creature must exist before his language. Any argument for the existence of Sasquatch or his language should be given outside of this standard and outside any transcription endeavor that uses this standard. Transcripts should stand alone as tools for the language researcher; whereas SPA transcripts and excerpts should be freely used in other works to support linguistic arguments.

The purpose of this is to standardize all future transcription of suspected Sasquatch Language and to facilitate comparison of language articulations by future researchers; the ultimate goal being the recovery of Sasquatch Language.

Sasquatch Language is spoken approximately twice as fast as any known language in most analyzed recordings, therefore it must be slowed down to be transcribed accurately. 50% of real-time will be the standard; transcription at any other speed will be noted, e.g. (75%). Real-time will be noted as (rt). Tape-time hacks will be given as minute:second.1/100thsecond, e.g. 17:23.54.

Since this is an unknown language, transcribed for the first time, the grammar and syntax of it, likewise, cannot be known. Therefore, to differentiate between small and capital letters is useless and misleading. Sasquatch articulations will be transcribed using capital letters, human voices are to be transcribed by the standards of the language that is spoken (proper English, Russian, etc.). This eases reading of the transcripts when human and Sasquatch voices are mixed or alternating. Since words cannot be known, and only suspected in cognates, Sasquatch utterances will be given as individual morphemes (or syllables). An umlaut (Ä) is used rather than a macron (-) to avoid confusion with the English use of the same symbol.

Small letters within parenthesis will be used, in accordance with military transcription standards, to abbreviate specific notes, e.g. (2-3m) to mean (two or three words or morphemes are missing or inaudible here). Untranscribable vocalizations such as grunts or screams will be noted with capital letters within parenthesis, e.g. (G) or (SC). An abbreviation key follows the phonetics key.

Any document using this alphabet should be labeled (SPA) or (UHPA).

Use in first-hand witness accounts:

This alphabet is not intended to be used solely for the transcription of recorded language, but will be highly useful in first-hand witness accounts of Sasquatch phenomena where the witness perceived spoken language. Researchers, when documenting witness accounts, should endeavor to transcribe each Sasquatch utterance as accurately as possible using this alphabet. As an invaluable aid to the language researcher, several questions should be asked of the witness to correlate with the utterances of the Sasquatch Being:

What was occurring at the moment of each specific utterance?

How many Sasquatch Beings do you believe were present; how many were speaking?

Did you feel that the Sasquatch Beings were speaking to each other or to you (the witness)?

What do you think the Being was trying to communicate?

What do you feel was the emotional state of the Being (for each specific utterance)?

Was there interrogative inflection in the utterance (did it sound like a question)?

Was there imperative or command inflection in the utterance (did it sound like the Being was telling you or another Sasquatch to do or not do something)?

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This alphabet is expected to grow as additional verified recordings of Sasquatch Language are collected and analyzed, and new extra-human articulations are documented. For example; the well-documented howls, whoops, growls, screams and whistles of Sasquatch may someday be found to have linguistic meaning; wood- and rock-knocking or tooth-popping may be found to be encoded. It should not be discounted that manipulated tree, limb and stick formations could be graphic expressions of Sasquatch Language, much like runic or pictographic human writing systems.

Since auditory perception is subject to the same limitations of all human perception, review and revision of any transcript by other qualified Crypto-Linguists or voice- transcription experts should be welcomed. With the recovery of Sasquatch Language being the anticipated outcome, cooperation and consensus between language researchers should be the first rule of this study.

The first two pages of Berry Tape I transcription are attached as an example of the prescribed usage of this alphabet.

Phoneme Key

Ä = a in father
Letter = traditional spelling(phonetic spelling)[name]
1. Ä ä = a in father (fäqur), o in mop (mäp) [ä]
2. A = a in can
B = b in bib

4.D = d in did
Ë = a in make
E = e in set
F = f in fife
G = g in gag
H = h in ham
Ï = i in machine, ee in meet
I = i in sit
J = y in yes, i in union
K = k in kite, c in cut
L = l in lull
M = m in mom
N = n in nine
Ö = o in lone
O = o in log
P = p in pipe
R = r in roar
Rr = rolled r, as in Spanish or in Scottish Brogue
S = s in sister
T = t in tight
Ü = u in plume, oo in boot
U = u in run, o in union
V = v in verve
W = w in way
Y = oo in book
Z = z in zebra, s in is
= glottal stop
c = tongue click, not evident in BMT
> = phoneme drawn out

Compound Phonemes
ÄÏ = i in like, y in
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September 20th, 2010, 9:34 pm #2

I have no idea what a Sasquatch is saying if anything...I have heard something yell my oldest sons name out one afternoon and heard two somethings exchanging something similar to a conversation in the bottoms one night...didn't see what it was but I did hear some clicking when they figured out I was or something strange was in the bottoms with them...

But I wish the man luck in his endeavor...
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Jim Keegan
Jim Keegan

September 21st, 2010, 2:10 am #3

Sometimes the answer is right in front of you.
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Timberghost
Timberghost

September 21st, 2010, 3:32 am #4

I have no idea what a Sasquatch is saying if anything...I have heard something yell my oldest sons name out one afternoon and heard two somethings exchanging something similar to a conversation in the bottoms one night...didn't see what it was but I did hear some clicking when they figured out I was or something strange was in the bottoms with them...

But I wish the man luck in his endeavor...
I haven't even tried to learn Spanish yet... I am learning a little Yanush by being around Kathy...

I'm so behind the times...
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Joined: March 10th, 2000, 10:12 pm

September 21st, 2010, 1:15 pm #5

I have no idea what a Sasquatch is saying if anything...I have heard something yell my oldest sons name out one afternoon and heard two somethings exchanging something similar to a conversation in the bottoms one night...didn't see what it was but I did hear some clicking when they figured out I was or something strange was in the bottoms with them...

But I wish the man luck in his endeavor...
What sounded like an old man walking through the brush at our old site #1 grumbling [and we knew we were the only ones there]. Later we read where this was not uncommon.
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Mr. Phelps
Mr. Phelps

September 21st, 2010, 1:55 pm #6

That was Grumpy!!
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Okiebear
Okiebear

September 21st, 2010, 2:09 pm #7

We have heard that old man too......... lol.... too funny...
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DonDon
DonDon

September 21st, 2010, 4:39 pm #8

can makes some noises that'll scare the crap outta ya if you don;t know him. LOL
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

September 21st, 2010, 6:45 pm #9

Grumpy is a youngster barely old enough to get social security...
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Grumpy
Grumpy

September 21st, 2010, 10:42 pm #10

That was Grumpy!!
I resemble all those remarks........ and guess what, grumpy has lost 20 pounds in the last 6 weeks, getting back down to my monster chasing weight.
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