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Lesson 1: Pronunciation
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Guide to the basic underlying pronunciation.
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Humans can't speak full Lamallu, but beneath the chords is an underlying basic pronunciation. Sign Lamallu is a simplified spoken form of the language combined with hand signs to represent chords for species who lack that unique ability, but uses the same base pronunciation.



Consonants

The consonants found in Table #1 do not change in context. Notice that the 'th' sound always makes the voiceless /θ/, never voiced /ð/.

Vowels

The vowels 'e' and 'o' change sounds based on where they are located in a word or how often they are repeated. All other vowels do not change sounds like this.

'O' has different sounds depending on whether it is in the middle of a word or if it begins or ends one.

Initialɔōsil [ɔsɪl]
Midhishōn [hɪʂo̞n]
Finaləhishō [hɪʂə]

'E' changes from /e/ to /ə/ if it is used in two consecutive syllables, and switches back to /e/ pronunciation if used in a third consecutive syllable. An immediately repeated vowel is merely lengthened /e/ and does not change.

néftsēt[neft͡sət]
shīlemékh[ʂɪlemək͡x]

Dipthongs

oa [wa]
aj [aɪ]
ij [i]
ie [e]
iu [œ]
uj [oɪ]
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