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Ayola Alphabet

Pronunciation Guide for the Ayola Alphabet

And Other Sounds

La Ayolay Alfabeto:

Ayola estats nakfonetika lingo kyo betudats ke le vorto geparlats nake dwa geskribats. La ayolay alfabeto havats dusdec-oca simboloy. Ayola uzats ezew simboloy dusdec-kwara deru la dusdec-seso literoy je la latinay alfabeto. Caka dway sawfu ‘q’ce ‘x’, ce kwara digrafoy. La duslitera kombinuroy ‘dj’, ‘dz’, ‘tc’, ce ‘ts’. Hire estats la kompleta alfabeto ce tcavo jwi ayolay pronunsajo.

The Ayola Alphabet:

Ayola is a phonetic language, which means that words are spoken as they are written. The Ayola alphabet has 28 symbols. Ayola uses as symbols 24 out of the 26 letters of the Latin alphabet, every one except ‘q’ and ‘x’, along with four digraphs. The two-letter combinations ‘dj’, ‘dz’, ‘tc’, and ‘ts’. Here is the complete alphabet and key for Ayola pronunciation.

The Ayola Alphabet with Phonetic Guide
Simbolo  Sono [IPA]  Egzempla Vorto 
(Symbol) (Sound) (Example Word)
A a [ɑ]   [ɑ]   akto (act) 
B b  [beʊ̯] [b]   bebo (baby) 
C c  [ʃoi̯] [ʃ]   caro (car) 
D d  [daʊ̯] [d]   dotro (daughter) 
DJ dj  [d͡ʒu] [d͡ʒ]   djaro (year) 
DZ dz  [d͡zoʊ̯] [d͡z]   rudzo (rust) 
E e  [e] [e]   elfo (elf) 
F f  [fei̯] [f]   fakto (fact) 
G g  [goʊ̯] [ɡ]   gemo (gem) 
H h  [hei̯] [h]   hando (hand) 
I i  [i] [i]   inko (ink) 
J j  [ʒoʊ̯] [ʒ]   juvelo (jewel) 
K k  [koi̯] [k]   kilto (kilt) 
L l  [lei̯] [l]   lingo (language) 
M m  [mei̯] [m]   manio (mania) 
N n  [nai̯] [n]   naso (nose) 
O o  [o] [o]   okazo (occasion) 
P p  [pei̯] [p]   pelvo (pelvis) 
R r  [rai̯] [r]   ritmo (rhythm) 
S s  [sai̯] [s]   salo (salt) 
T t  [tai̯] [t]   teho (tea) 
TC tc  [t͡ʃi] [t͡ʃ]   tcefo (chef) 
TS ts  [t͡sei̯] [t͡s]   pitso (pizza) 
U u  [u] [u]   ulno (ulna) 
V v  [veʊ̯] [v]   valvo (valve) 
W w  [woi̯] [w]   wato (watt) 
Y y  [yai̯] [j]   yogo (yoga) 
Z z  [zaʊ̯] [z]   zipo (zipper) 


Fonema Sonoy enu Ayola:

La namoy je la literoy je la ayola alfabeto, gienlistwa jenu la preceda tabelo, kontenats nirde caka la sonoy kyo Ayola uzats furu vortway pronunsajo. La kompleta inventario jwe vortweformaza, icaw fonema, sonoy jenu Ayola inkludats caka la literay sonoy jenu la cpalto Sono je la alfabetway tabelo ce dusa adicionala klasoy jwe sonoy.

Enu la unta kategorio dze estats la glides. Licke Ayola uzats kwara digrafa znakoy (e.g. ‘dz’), la lingo teze uzats kelka vawla sonoy gereprezenta medu dusa literoy. Trotske tisa sonoy teze mocats gedeskribare asu digrafoy, dyay pluse ofte gedeskribats asu glides, kawsu la naravo je dyayza pronunsajo.

Enu la dusta klaso dze estats dusa neutrala nongeskriba sonoy javu nula znakoy furu signifikare dyay. La glotal stop /ʔ/ ce la schwa /ə/ samwande geuzats furu desambiguware konsekutiva sonoy cay simplware pronuncajo jwi kompleksa konsonantway klustroy. Sekcionon 1.2 (Spelajo ce Pronuncajo) je La Lingwelernway Gwido eksplikats tiso pluse profunde.

Phomenic Sounds in Ayola:

The names for the letters in the Ayola alphabet, listed in the preceeding table, contain nearly all of the sounds which Ayola uses to make words. The complete inventory of word-forming, or phonemic, sounds in Ayola includes all the letter sounds in the Sound column of the alphabet table plus two other classes of sounds.

In the first category are the glides. Similar to how Ayola uses four digraph characters (e.g. ‘dz’), the language also uses several vowel sounds written with two letters. While these sounds may be also described as digraphs, they are more commonly referred to as glides, due to the nature of their pronunciation.

In the second category are two neutral, unwritten sounds, with no characters to represent them. The glottal stop /ʔ/ and the schwa /ə/ are used sometimes to disambiguate consecutive sounds or simplify pronunciation of complex consonant clusters. Section 1.2 (Spelling and Pronunciation) of the Language Learner’s Guide explains this in more depth.

Other Phonemic Sounds in Ayola
Simbolo  Sono [IPA]  Egzempla Vorto 
(Symbol) (Sound) (Example Word)
ay [aɪ̯]   klaydo (a piece of clothing)  
aw [aʊ̯]   astronawto (astronaut)  
ey [eɪ̯]   keyko (cake)  
ew [eu̯]   asew (as (like))  
oy [ɔɪ̯]   koylo (coil)  
ow [oʊ̯]  now (no (question reply))  
ʔ   reinventare [ri•ʔin•ven•ta’•re] (re-invent)  
ə   longfola [lon•gə•fo’•la] (long-leafed)  


    Tre agrabla imitajho sed mi preferas la originalan modelon kiun mi (tro ?) memlernis kaj memkultivadis.

    1. Maggie Post author

      No, it is not. It is essentially impossible in creating a constructed language intended to be recognizable to produce a result that does not share some features in common with previous attempts. The term ‘revision’ implies a high correlation between the original and the revised version, i.e. a correlation coefficient of 75 -100%. The correlation between Ayola and other previous international languages such as Esperanto, Loglan and Lojban is considerably less than this range for the three principal grammatical categories of roots, prefixes and suffixes, and word endings.

      Although Ayola has borrowed some features from other constructed languages, most of its features are taken from natural languages, but regularized, or are original. One good example is the very important distinction between descriptive and relational adjectives, which is dealt with, although imperfectly, in natural languages such as English, but is essentially overlooked by other constructed languages.

  2. Tim


    How did your come up with the sounds of the alphabet; is it based on one used for some other language?

    Also is the (?) symbol actually pronounced when it is used in a word or is it just there like the (-) symbol in English?

    Thank you for your time.

    Bye, Tim.

    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Tim,

      We love getting your questions about Ayola!

      As for the alphabet, the sounds the Ayola alphabet are the set of 19 consonants and 4 digraphs (‘dj’, ‘dz’, ‘tc’, ‘ts’), which are commonly used in many of the European languages. The 5 vowels have the classic pure sounds used in Latin and some of the Romance languages such as Italian and Spanish. For 15 of the consonants (‘b’, ‘d’, ‘f’, ‘g’, ‘h’, ‘k’, ‘l’, ‘m’, ‘n’, ‘p’, ‘r’, ‘s’, ‘t’, ‘v’, ‘z’), two of the digraphs (‘ts’ and ‘dz’), and all 5 vowels (‘a’, ‘e’, ‘i’, ‘o’, ‘u’), there is really no choice in terms of the sounds which they should represent.

      The choice lies with the 4 letters ‘c’, ‘j’, ‘w’, and ‘y’ and the 2 digraphs ‘dj’ and ‘tc’. For ‘c’, ‘j’, ‘dj’, and ‘tc’, we have chosen the same sound values as are used in the constructed languages Loglan and Lojban. For ‘w’ and ‘y’, we have chosen the consonant sound values of English. The two letters ‘q’ and ‘x’ are not used in spelling Ayola words; they are used only as symbols in equations, etc.

      The glottal stop (IPA: /ʔ/) and the schwa (IPA: /ə/) occur in some words but are not spelled out by any symbols.

      Great questions!


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