Na’vi Pronunciation, the Wikipedia way

We have the IPA for na’vi.  So let’s get cracking.

ì: First, what is a high front i? That is the i with the accent grave, or the : ì.  Wikipedia has two sound files and sample words for a dozen languages.  It is the i in English “bit”, Swedish “sill” (herring)

ä: What is a low front a? That is the a with the umlaut, or the ä.  Wikipedia has one sound file.  It is like the “a” in “cat” or Swedish päron (pear)

Pseudo-vowels ll and rr.  I’m not getting a lot of hits on pseudo-vowels, normally these are called syllabic constants.  The ll is kind of like the final l in English “bottle” or French “table”, which is an example of a syllabic l.  Syllabic r lets Czech do sentences like “Strč prst skrz krk “, which has 4 syllabic r’s.

Ejectives. px, tx, kx …. okay, I’m just going to point you to the sound files.  It’s like p, t and k with a bottled-up, unusually forceful puff of air.   Just remember back to your K’ekchi lessons in highschool, you don’t? Ok listen to the k’a (bitter) file.  And Lakota has all three, the p’, t’, and k’ In Lakota it sound more “clicky”  My cat was afraid while I practiced these aloud.

Flapping those r’s.  Also called aveolar tap.  Sounds to me like you start to trill an r, but only do one “trill”. Mind bogglingly, it is also the sound of the “tt” in “better” or “latter” for US, Auz and NZ speakers.

Well, more later.

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