Pronouncing Pravic

Tvo-Pravic has 43 sound units, consisting of six vowels and 37 consonants. A Pravic word is either a consonant-vowel-consonant single syllable, or vowel-consonant pairs can be added to make multisyllabic forms. Words can also end in a final vowel, which is a grammatical marker of word type and verb tense (see Basic Word Grammar in Pravic for more on word formation).


The vowels have one sound each, although five of them have a different sound when they occur at the end of a word. One vowel sound can be pronounced in two ways reflecting different dialects. The vowel sounds are:








Vowel

Sound

IPA Symbol

Terminator

IPA Symbol

Pravic Letter

a

pat

æ

bark

ɑː

e

pet

e

bake

ii

pit

ɪ

beet

ɪː

o

pot

ɒ

bone

əʊ

u

put

ʌ or ʊ

boot

y

pyre

ɑɪ

byre

ɑɪ


Some of the 37 consonants consist of two English consonant sounds; but they are represented by single letters in Pravic and treated as single consonants (as X represents the consonant sounds KS in English). The consonants are:



Consonant

Sound

IPA Symbol

Pravic Letter

Pravic Capital

b

bat

b

bb

grab bag

b͡b

c

loch

ç

ch

chat

d

dad

d

dd

red dog

d͡d

f

fat

f

g

get

g

gg

big gap

g͡g

gr

green

gv

gv

gv

h

hard

h

k

kind

k

kl

clutch

kl

ks

links

ks

kv

kv

kv

l

links

l

ln

ln

ɫn

m

mat

m

mm

home made

m͡m

n

net

n

p

pet

p

pr

price

r

real

ɹ

rd

hard

ɹd

rr

arroyo

r

rz

bars

ɹz

s

sat

s

sh

shape

ʃ

sk

ask

sk

ss

moss side

s͡s

st

stop

st

t

tab

t

th

thin

θ

tr

trick

v

vet

v

z

zit

z


The double consonants should be pronounced with a short unvoiced gap without changing mouth position (red dog, not redder; big gap, not bigger; and so on).


The consonant cluster at the beginning of the root in a word is indicated by capital letters. The first root syllable is always the stressed syllable of a tvo-Pravic word.