One of my friends suggested that I needed a pronunciation guide for many of the names in Starscape. Well, it’s too late now to put them in the book itself, but I’ll put one here instead.
Names/words whose pronunciations are obvious, are not included here. Some of them may seem self-evident, but I find that there is a great human tendency to mispronounce fantasy names…
Note on ‘Frosindalion’ – what does it even mean? ‘Frosindal’ is the name of Pluriel and Ringard’s father; ‘-ion’ is the ending which means son(s) of. ‘Frosindalion’ is thus essentially ‘sons of Frosindal’ – Ringard and Pluriel’s surname.
Kanadh: KAN-ath (th is hard, as in the)
From the language’s rules:
- ẃ is pronounced ‘oo’
- ý is pronounced ‘ee’
- ë is pronounced ‘ay’
- c is generally hard, ‘k’
- ch is pronounced ‘k’
- dh is pronounced ‘th’ as in the
- in consonant clusters involving h’s (excluding ch and dh), such as those in mhala and saranh, the h is practically silent, but do have a slight h sound on the end (mm-h-ala, sarann-h). This should be very brief and almost inaudible.
Specific Words (ones that are used often)
dẃnhl (father): DOON-l
hana-gawë (hello, welcome): HAN-uh GOW-ay
samach ne (thank you): SAM-ak NAY
sularh (son): SOO-lar-h