On Wed, May 13, 2009 at 13:50, Martin Di Maggio <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Vowels
> a - as in hat
> e - as in end
> i - as in machine
> o - as in hot
> u - as in rude

Can you be more specific, for example using IPA? English pronunciation
varies quite a bit, notoriously so in the vowel sounds. (For example,
"o as in hot" is rounded for some people but unrounded for others.)

> Consonants
> b, f, k, l, m, n, p, v, z - all as in English
> ch - as in church
> d - pronounced with tongue against back of teeth
> dh - as th in then
> dz - as ds in aids
> g - as in gate
> gh - as French r in "rire"
> h - as in hat in all places
> kh - aspirated k as in kite
> ky - as in dock-yard in all places
> ny - as in canyon in all places
> ph - aspirated p as in pot
> r - trilled as in Scottish pronunciation
> s - as in sad in all places
> sh - as in shut
> th - aspirated as in ten
> x - as ch in Scottish loch
> y - as in yet in all places

If "k" and "p" are supposed to be "as in English", what does this mean?

Do you mean that they are aspirated word-initially but unaspirated
after word-initial "s", as in many varieties of English? Or always
aspirated? Or always unaspirated?

How do they differ from "kh" and "ph"?

Also, is there no "t" -- just explicitly-aspirated "th"?

Also, are "ky, ny" as in English (that is, sequences of /k/ + /j/ or
/n/ + /j/, respectively), or are they intended to be truely palatal
/c/, /J/?

Philip Newton <[log in to unmask]>