Appendix:Bodzvokhan pronunciation

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The Astapori Valyrian language has 25 consonants, 8 vowels and 1 glide.

Standard Romanization

Letter IPA English example Notes
a a In between father and what.
b b bother
d d dog
dz dz adze
e ɛ bet
ǝ ə sofa
g ɡ good
gh ɣ ~ ʁ Pronounced roughly like the r in French rouge.
h ħ - You can make this sound by attempting to fog up a mirror.
i i beet
k k skill
kh x ~ χ Bach, or Chanukkah
l l left
m m man
n n no Assimilates to a following uvular consonant.
ng ŋ no Assimilates to a following uvular consonant.
o ɔ caught
ö œ - Like the e in bet, but with lips rounded.
p p span
q q Like a k, but pronounced further back in the throat, with the back of the tongue contacting the uvula.
r ɣ~ʁ Pronounced roughly like the r in French rouge.
s s see
sh ʃ sheep
t t stop
ts ts pits
u u fouton
ü y - Like the i in machine, but with lips rounded.
v v voice
y y
z z zoo
zh ʒ azure


Bodzvokhan has a high-low vowel harmony system, and is quite unique, phonologically speaking, but it retains some quirks that have come directly from the Russian language through contact and heavy borrowing. These are reflected in the orthography, but not the romanization.


Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Uvular Pharyngeal
Nasal m [m] n [n] ng [ŋ ~ ɴ]
Plosive voiceless p [p] t [t], ts [ts] ch [tʃ] k [k] q [q]
voiced b [b] d [d], dz [dz] j [dʒ] g [g]
Fricative voiceless f [f] s [s] sh [ʃ] (kh [x ~ χ]) h [ħ]
voiced v [v] z [z] zh [ʒ] gh [ɣ ~ ʁ]
Lateral l [l]


  • [ŋ] is a phoneme in its own right, but [ɴ] is an allophonic nasal that occurs when preceding a uvular consonant.


Bodzvokhan has 8 phonetically distinct vowels:

Front Central Back
Close i [i], ü [y] ǝ [ɨ~ə] u [u]
Mid e [ɛ], ö [œ] o [ɔ]
Open a [a]

The vowel written ǝ has a native pronunciation of [ə], but is sometimes pronounced [ɨ] under influence from Russian.


Bodzvokhan doesn't have any native diphthongs; where they occur, they will have been borrowed.