Pronunciation Guide

The Gawn orthography is based on Welsh with some exceptions (such as the use of “y,” as shown below). Like Welsh, it is a lot easier to pronounce than it looks. Just remember these simple correspondences:

w w is a vowel, pronounced “oo” as in “choose,” unless it follows another vowel; in the latter case treat as a consonant, as in English.
y Pronounced as a long “e” as in “hardly.”
i Pronounced as a short “i” as in “sit.”
dd Sounds like “th” as in “the” or “there” (not as in “thistle”).
th Pronounced “th” as in “thistle.”
x Represents the “ch” sound in “Bach” or “Loch”
ei Long “i” sound, as in “height”
c A hard “k” sound as in “cat,” not “s” sound as in “ceiling”
ll Palatalized as in “million”

Pronunciation Guide

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