Astapori Valyrian Phonology

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The Astapori Valyrian language has X consonants, Y vowels and Z glides.

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Standard Orthography

Valyrian IPA Informal English example Notes
a a US bot, UK bath
b b bother
d d dog
dh ð then
e e bait
g g good
gh ɣ ~ ʁ
h h ham
i i beet
j ʒ azure
k k skill
kh x ~ χ Bach, or Chanukkah Only found in loanwords.
l l left
m m man
n n no Assimilates to following palatal(?), velar or uvular consonant.
o o moat
p p span
q q
r ɾ Mostly a tapped (possibly a trill in some instances)[1]
s s see .
t t stop .
th θ think Possibly found in loanwords?
u u fouton
v v voice
y y
z z zoo

Phonetics

David J. Peterson has not revealed as much about Astapori Valyrian as he has High Valyrian. Therefore much of the information here will be speculative.

Consonants

Labial Dental Alveolar Palatal Velar Uvular Glottal
Nasal m [m] n [n] (n [n̠ ~ ŋ ~ ɴ])
Plosive voiceless p [p] t [t] k [k] q [q]
voiced b [b] d [d] g [g]
Fricative voiceless (th [θ]) s [s] (kh [x ~ χ])? h [h]
voiced v [v] dh [ð] z [z] j [ʒ] gh [ɣ ~ ʁ]
Lateral l [l]
Rhotic r [ɾ]

Notes:

  • [n̠], [ŋ] and [ɴ] are in parentheses because they are not phonemes, but allophones of /n/. The phoneme /n/ assimilates to a following velar, uvular, or possibly even palatal consonant.
  • [θ] is in parentheses because it occurs only in words of foreign origin, e.g. Dothraki [ˈdoθraki] "Dothraki."
  • [x ~ χ] is in parentheses because if it occurs at all (we have no certain attestations) it is only in loanwords. However, if Kraznys mo Nakloz and Missandei are any indication, some speakers may realize /ɣ/ as [x].

Vowels

Astapori Valyrian has 6 phonetically distinct vowels:

Front Back
Close i [i], y [y] u [u]
Mid e [e] o [o]
Open a [a]

Diphthongs

Unlike High Valyrian, Astapori Valyrian has few diphthongs, and such as there are occur rarely. High Valyrian diphthongs generally smoothed out into single vowels, for example HV hae "as" → AV he. However, it appears that HV āe becomes AV ae, as in āeksioaeske (on the other hand, it does smoothe in dāervesderve). The diphthong ao is attested in the word vaovaori (the meaning of which is uncertain: it may be "mewling"), and it is likely that at least in some cases this is the outcome of HV āo. Aeske also shows that short "rising diphthongs" regularly smooth out at the end of a word, but it is not clear if this happens in all positions, or how rising diphthongs with a long vowel are affected.

Relevant Information Elsewhere

Notes

  1. https://twitter.com/Dedalvs/status/348276183596675073
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