Pronouciation guide

One of the problems one always encounters in any RPG is the question of how a particular place or personal name is supposed to be pronounced, so in order to address this I decided on some typographical conventions to make it clear how things are pronounced, so without further ado, I present to you……

A GUIDE TO PRONOUNCING TÒLANI NAMES

Each letter is pronounced, there are no diphthongs or digraphs. Special characters are used to represent these sounds, as well as the long and short vowel sounds.

Vowels

The following characters are used to represent the various vowel sounds used

Symbol Description Example Alt Code
Å/å “au” diphthong Pronounced as the “aw” in the word saw 0197/0229
À/à Long “a” Pronounced as the “a” in the word gate 0192/0224
A/a Short “a” Pronounced as the ‘a” in the word bat N/A
È/è Long “e” Pronounced as the “e” in the word free 0200/0232
E/e Short “e” Pronounced as the “e” in the word set N/A
Ì/ì Long “I” Pronounced as the “ie” in the word lie 0204/0236
I/I Short “I” Pronounced as the “i” in the word sit N/A
Ô/ô “oi” diphthong Pronounced as the “oy” in the word boy 0212/0244
Ö/ö Double “o” Pronounced as the “oo” in the word racoon 0214/0246
Ò/ò Long “o” Pronounced as the “ow” in the word show 0210/0242
O/o Short “o” Pronounced as the “o” in the word hot N/A
Û/û “ui” diphthong Pronounced as the “oui” in the French word grenouille 0219/0251
Ù/ù Long “u” Pronounced as the “u” in the word cute 0217/0249
U/u Short “u” Pronounced as the “u” in the word hut N/A

Consonants

The following characters are used to represent the various consonant sounds used

Symbol Description Example Alt Code
B/b “b” Pronounced as the “b” in the word bat N/A
D/d “d” Pronounced as the “d” in the word door N/A
F/f “f” Pronounced as the “f” in the word fat N/A
G/g hard “g” Pronounced as the “g” in the word gut N/A
H/h “h” Pronounced as the “h” in the word house N/A
J/j soft “g” Pronounced as the “j” in the word juice N/A
Ǩ/ǩ “kh” digraph Pronounced as the “ch” in the Scottish word loch or the name Bach as pronounced in German None *
K/k hard “k” Pronounced as the “c’ in the word cat N/A
L/l “l” Pronounced as the “l” in the word law N/A
M/m “m” Pronounced as the “m” in the word man N/A
N/n “n” pronounced as the “n” in the word now N/A
Ñ/ñ “ng” digraph pronounced as the “ng” in the word song 0209/0241
P/p “p” pronounced as the “p” in the word pot N/A
Q/q “ch” digraph Pronounced as the “ch” in the word chow N/A
R/r “r” Pronounced as the “r” in the word run N/A
S/s “s” Pronounced as the “s’ in the word sun N/A
Š/š “sh” digraph Pronounced as the “sh” in the word shoe 0138/0154
T/t “t” Pronounced as the “t” in the word tap N/A
Ť/ť “th” digraph Pronounced as the “th” in the word there None *
V/v “v” Pronounced as the “v” in the word value N/A
W/w “w” Pronounced as the ‘w” in the word well N/A
X/x “ks” Pronounced as the “cs” in the word ecstasy N/A
Y/y Consonantal “y” Pronounced as the “y” in the word young N/A
Z/z “z” Pronounced as the “z’ in the word zoo N/A
Ž/ž “zh” digraph Pronounced as the “s” in the word vision, or the “g” in the word beige. 0142/0158

                *Unfortunately there are no forms of “K” or “T” that have an Alt code, so you will have to copy/paste these characters.

Thus Tòlanar is pronounced [TOW-lan-ar], Òalèr is pronounced [OWE-ah-leer], and ­Yazilìa is pronounced [yah-zil-EYE-ah], Åròàak is pronounced [aw-ROW-ay-ak], Šumfužnu is pronounced [shum-FUZH-nuh], and so on.

Note: For the phonetic transcriptions I use the respelling method, with stressed syllables being bolded, the primary stressed syllable is in upper case.

Here is a link to a down loadable PDF of this guide.

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