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Pronunciation of Æeleodisc

In my experience, it is much easier to work out how something is pronouced if you can hear it spoken. Here is a three stanza poem - Lament of the Survivor - written in Æeleodisc and translated into English. Each stanza has a linked audio file which is an accurate reading of the stanza.

Æeleodisc is relatrively to pronounce or sound out, once you become familiar with the general vowel and constanant sounds. Many of them are similar or identical to Modern-day English, but there are some differences - see below.

Vowels
Æ/æ
Called Æsc, pronounced Ash
Pronounced a as in "bat" or "cat"
Pronounciation of Consonant Sounds
Consonants equivalent to Modern English
b, d, k, l, m, n, p, r, t, x
s
s is pronounced as the Modern English equivalent if it is at the beginning of a word, the end of a word, or if it is adjacent to an unvoiced consonant.
If it comes between vowels or a vowel and a consonant that is voiced then it is pronounced like the letter z in Modern English.
f
f is pronounced as the Modern English equivalent if it is at the beginning of a word, the end of a word, or if it is adjacent to an unvoiced consonant.
If it comes between vowels or a vowel and a consonant that is voiced then it is pronounced like the letter v in Modern English.
Ð & ð
Eth is used to represent voiced "th" sounds (the "th" sound in "the","thus", "thought", "threw" and similar words are voiced).
Þ & þ
Thorn is used to represent unvoiced "th" sounds (the "th" sound in "with", "this", "thin", "thistle", is unvoiced).
h
If the letter h appears at the beginning of a word it is pronounced as it would be in Modern English.
If it is after a vowel that is pronounced at the front of the mouth (for example, i or e), it is also pronounced at the front of the mouth, and sounds like the consonant you hear in the German word "ich."
If the h is after a vowel that is pronounced at the back of the mouth (for example, o or a), it is pronounced at the back of the mouth, and sounds like the Scots pronunciation of last consonant sound in the word loch.
c
c can be rendered either a soft consonant pair as in "child" (Æ cild) or a hard single as in "king" (Æ cyning). The sound is largely determined by the word itself and the vowels adjoining it in that word. The letter c is pronounced with a k sound if it comes before a back vowel (like o or a) or another consonant. If it comes before a front vowel (like i or e), or at the end of a word following a front vowel, it is usually pronounced like Modern English ch.
g
g is pronounced with a "hard" g sound (i.e. the sound in the Modern English words give and grape) if it comes before a back vowel (like o or a) or another consonant. If it comes before a front vowel (like i or e), or at the end of a word following a front vowel, it is usually pronounced like Modern English y in yes or yellow.
Consonant Pairs
In combinations of consonants, all of the consonants are pronounced, so for example the word cniht starts with a k sound, followed by an n sound. Three combinations of consonant letters have special values, however -
sc
sc is pronounced as the "sh" sound, as in "ship". (The Æeleodisc word for a ship is scip ...)
cc
cc is pronounced as the "tch" sound, as in "witch". (The Æeleodisc word for a witch is wicce ... )
cg
cg is pronounced as the "dg" sound, as in "judge".
When h occurs in combination with l, r, n, as in hlæder, hræw, or hnigan, it can be pronounced a a slight breathing before the second consonant sound, or, for the linguistically adept, as an unvoicing of the following consonant.

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