Phonology and Orthography
The following more-or-less describes the accent of the first Thessian settlers of the Telai; by no means are these pronunciations guaranteed to be intelligible by all Telaians. In particular, s may become ʃ or θ in different dialects or in a position-dependent manner (the pattern si/sɪ -> ʃi/ʃɪ is particularly common.)
|ŋ||n||hang||before k or g|
|n||n||neigh||not before k or g|
|w||u||wit||if first partner of diphthong|
|j||i||yay||if first partner of diphthong|
Most dialects of Kuanid strike a compromise in favour of rapid, simple speech with few exotic consonants. As such, the syllable complexity is similarly simplified.
A syllable consists of the following elements, where [square brackets] denote an optional element and <angle brackets> denote a mandatory one:
Where LEAD is any consonant except ŋ,
VOWEL is any vowel,
I is an optional diphthongization with ɪ,
NASAL is n, m, or ŋ (and must agree with TAIL or the next LEAD if present),
and TAIL is any consonant except a nasal, l, or r.