With thanks to Caitlin Matthews & Magpie Wolfe
The main languages on Yardoz are like Cymraeg, the Welsh language, and the Irish and Scottish Gaelic. They share a common proto-Celtic root.
Vowels, both short and long, are roughly equivalent to Italian sung vowels, with the exception of …
- u – as in ill or the French tu (e.g. Culhwch = Kil’hookh)
- w – as n look (eg Gwri = Goo’ree)
- y – as in pin (e.g. Glyn Cuch = Glin Kikh)
- y – the definite article y and in first syllables of multi-syllabic words, as the u in bun (e.g. Yspaddaden = Uspatha’den)
Diphthongs are logically pronounced …
- Ae, ai, ei – as in fire (e.g. Caer = kire)
- wy – as in French pronunciation of Louis: Loo-ee
- aw – as in out (e.g. Llaw = Hlou)
- oe, oi – as in boil (e.g. Goe’win = Goywin)
Consonants are pronounced as in English with the following exception …
- c – is always hard as in cake (e.g. Custennin = Kusten’in
Stress falls on the penultimate syllable of a multi-syllable word or on the first syllable of a two-syllable word.
Further notes probably forthcoming from Jimson on the Gaelic pronunciation …