# kraiaKy [old]

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The language itself amongst Threadwielders is a selection of syllables, meaning that in combination with its audio-independent nature, technically the alphabet consists of syllabic ideograms. Since that would be a pain to note down, though, we'll use the quasi-latin transcription on this page and follow the commonplace (draconic, ancient Nayabaru, human-compatible) pronunciations.

## Pronunciation

• a is pronounced /a/ or /ä/, rather than /æ/ or /ɑ/ː as is common in English.
• e is pronounced /ɪ/, /e/ or /e̞/; not /i/.
• g is pronounced /ɢ/.
• h is pronounced /h/.
• i is pronounced /i/.
• j is pronounced /ɟ/.
• k is pronounced /q/.
• l is pronounced /l/ or /ɭ/.
• o is pronounced /ɞ/, /ɔ/ or /o/.
• q is pronounced kw.
• r is pronounced /r/ or /ɾ/.
• which has no direct IPA phonetic alphabet equivalent and is best described as a “hollow 'sh'” (like taking /ʂ/ a step further away from /ʃ/). (If you're having trouble, you can also use the sound the ch digraph typically makes in English as a substitute sound. Do not use the sh digraph sound.)
• u is pronounced /u/.
• v is pronounced /β/ more than /v/, but both are valid.
• w is pronounced /β̞ /.
• y serves a function both as a vowel and a consonant, as in English.
• As a vowel, it is pronounced /y/, or as the sequence ji in some dialects.
• As a consonant, it is pronounced /j/.

Digraphs:

• ai is usually not a digraph (exceptions will be noted as a͡i in dictionary), but if it is, it's a tight sequence of a and i as in German.
• ei is also not usually a digraph (exceptions will be noted as e͡i in dictionary), but if it is, it's a tight sequence of e and i as in German.
• In general, for a duplicated vowel, such as aa or uu, each vowel should be pronounced as its own syllable; for example, daarav has three syllables, and is pronounced 'da-a-rav', rather than 'daa-rav'.
• -h with - a consonant, as long as - is not s or t, serving the same sound as -, plus a modifier for the vowel that follows. Example: 'kha' is pronounced akin to 'kah'; 'rha' is pronounced akin to 'rah'; …
• ks, pronounced as x would be in English.
• sh for /ʃ/.
• sz, serving as the same sound as 'z', plus a modifier for the vowel that follows; 'sza' is pronounced akin to 'zah').
• th for /θ/ as in English (@todo not sure if also /ð/… think not).

Redundancies (i.e. letters or digraphs that exist for aesthetic purposes only):

• c at the start of words is synonymous with s.
• c not at the start of words is synonymous with k.
• the digraph k͡w is synonymous with q.
• the digraph p͡h is synonymous with f.
• the digraph z͡h is synonymous with sz.
• in the digraph q͡u, the u is silent (the letters as a true sequence would either be written as quu or (predominantly) q'u).
• in some dialects, the digraph e͡e may be pronounced as i.

Assume compatibility with most common English pronunciations unless otherwise noted.

## Punctuation

Punctuation varies regionally, but the following punctuation forms (albeit not the symbols; they can and do vary) are inherit to the language design:

 . period ! exclamation mark ? question mark ‽ interrobang ' apostrophe , comma
• . denotes the end of a sentence.
• ! denotes the end of an exclamation.
• ? denotes the end of an enquiry.
• ‽ denotes the end of an exclaimed enquiry.
• , denotes a short pause, usually at the end of a clause. Regionally, various greater pauses can exist in punctuation, such as “;” or “-” or “…”, but they're not typical.
• ' denotes the end of a syllable. This is optional when the end of the syllable is otherwise implied. Examples: adreth'a - the apostrophe is necessary to prevent reading the plural form as ad-re-tha, rather than ad-reth-a; contrast with kenda'a, which can be written as kendaa, because aa is not a digraph.