Tútl’o means ‘he’, or ‘him’. It is a pronoun, meaning that it refers to someone in the context of the conversation.
- Tútl’o sounds like TOOT-law, except that the t’ in tl’ is ‘popped’ (combined with a catch in the throat, to make an ‘ejective’ release)
- The dictionary records this word with a variety of different spellings including tú:tl’ò and tútl’ò. These other spellings correspond to slight differences in vowel length and pitch. All are ‘correct’.
Audio: Elizabeth Herrling, Elizabeth Phillips
Here are some examples of how you can use this word:
- Lam tútl’o. – He goes.
- Imex tútl’o. – He walks.
- Tsel kw’étslexw tútl’o. – I saw him.
- Tsel éystexw tútl’o. – I like him.
Note: Elders often ‘drop’ the tútl’o. For example, instead of Lam tútl’o, an Elder could just say Lam, for a complete sentence meaning ‘He goes’.
Tútl’ò is related to a number of other words, all based a round a root tl’o, including:
- tl’ó – it is… (e.g. Tl’o telewe. – It’s you.)
- thútl’o – she, her
- tl’o su – so then