Shi/Phonology and Alphabet

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Introduction Edit

Şi uses most of the letters from the Latin alphabet, and some letters with cedillas. No capital letters are used in Şi; hence, its proper spelling would be şi.

a b c ç d e f g h i j l m n o p r s ş t u v z

Each letter corresponds to one phoneme, and each phoneme corresponds to one letter. There is a certain degree of flexibility in the pronunciation of some phonemes, since native speakers of various languages may have various difficulties.

Consonants Edit

Bilabial Labiodental Alveolar Postalveolar Velar Glottal
Plosive /p/ /b/ /t/ /d/ /k/ /g/
Nasal /m/ /n/
Trill /r/
Fricative /f/ /v/ /s/ /z/ /ʃ/ /ʒ/ /h/
Affricate /tʃ/
Lateral approximant /l/

c is the velar plosive /k/.
ç is the postalveolar affricate /tʃ/; usually as in English (cheese), but can be similar to Chinese () or Japanese ().
ş is the voiceless postalveolar fricative /ʃ/; usually as in English (sheep), but can be similar to Chinese (西) or Japanese ().
j is the voiced postalveolar fricative /ʒ/; usually as in French (jaune), but can be similar to English (jump) or Japanese ().

Vowels Edit

There are five monophthong vowels, usually arranged in the following order.

Vowel i e a o u
Pronunciation /i/ /e/ /a/ /o/ /u/

Syllable Structure and Intonation Edit

Almost every syllable is composed of one consonant followed by one vowel. The only exception is the combination consonant-vowel-consonant, which is used to mark the end of a statement. (Note that "statement" in the context of şi is different from "sentence" in the context of English.)

There is no rigid rule for stress. Generally, all syllables are pronounced with the same length and volume.

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