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Dialectal Differences
The standard dialect seen in most of the formal speech and writing of Erávahal is the Formal Lavaoródh dialect, which is a close relative of the ecclesiastical dialect used in most church records and documents, Classical Arválim. The orthography of these dialects are taken as the standard of Erávahal in most regions, but only nobility retain the pronunciations of that dialect, even in the regions where those dialects are native. The most major differences in formal, noble Erávahal are seen in the region of Corui, where the relatively isolated realms of Valnui and Ralínir have developed some more unique pronunciations. However, the orthography is still mostly identical.

-The primary difference in spelling is in the digraph ⟨mv⟩ /mb/, which is spelled as ⟨mp⟩ in the Formal Corui dialect.

-The ⟨cu⟩ digraph is pronounced /tɕ/ in FLE, but is /kυ/ in FCE.

-/v/ is often reduced to /υ/ in Formal Corui, especially where /v/ is written as ⟨o⟩ or ⟨u⟩, is intervocalic, or is in the middle of a word.

-The rhotic ⟨r⟩ (/ɾ/ in FLE) is pronounced /ɹ/ in FCE.

-The patronymic suffix ⟨~dh⟩ is ⟨~th⟩ in FCE.

-Short ⟨o⟩ /o/ and ⟨ao⟩ /ɑ/ are often reduced to /ɔ/ in FCE, except when word-initial.

Informal Speech
Because many words and common phrases in Erávahal are long, native speakers tend to speak quickly in informal settings, and pronunciation is reduced greatly. However, changes are very irregular, so a collection of common differences are listed:

-Word-initial and word-final fricatives are frequently omitted or reduced to /h/, especially when word-initial and following a word ending in a reduced vowel.

-Nasals and the rhotic are often omitted and preceding vowels nasalised or rhotacised, especially word-finally. The nasals are omitted more often than the rhotic.

-/h/ is almost always omitted.

-/v/ is reduced to /υ/ in almost all environments, and /f/ is omitted in all environments or reduced to /h/. When following another consonant, /υ/ may labialise that consonant and be omitted.

-/mb/ is reduced to /mʷ/

-/a/,/ɑ/,/ɔ/,/ʉ/ and /y/ are often reduced to /ə/, and /i/ and /ɛ/ are often reduced to /ɪ/. /u/ and /o/ rarely reduce.

-Linking of words using /‿/ is very common, especially around reduced vowels.

In informal speech, the possessive particle ⟨tá⟩ often precedes the name of regions, nations, or cultures, i.e. ⟨sio áros tá Vanua⟩ instead of ⟨sio áros Vanua⟩.

"I went to the dining room"
⟨Cihath a agiorcenahes.⟩
Formal: /ki.haθ ə a.j:oɾ.kɛ.na.hɛs/
Informal: /cə‿əɪ.jo˞.kɛ̃.əɪh/
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