Audio Is Here!
I'm now able to add audio to posts, so I'm going about doing so now! I'm starting with the early lessons then moving on to the later ones, but little by little, audio will be added for every sentence. Thank you for your patience!
I've just listened to these and it's great to hear definitively how this language is supposed to sound, at last (I never know to what degree the actors are really getting it right). The audio is nice and clear, and not too fast, too. Thank you for going to the effort of doing this; it makes what was previously a dry intellectual exercise become much more alive.
My user name is an old name that comes from when I used to play Diablo II. You had to have a unique user name, and I always liked Stephen Dedalus (from James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses). "Dedalus" is always snapped up pretty early when it comes to user names, so I simply spelled it the old Latin way, with the "u" spelled "v". It's a handle I've used for some 19 years now.
I'm currently planning a research study using High Valyrian and while I was writing my introduction, I came in to look at the features one more time and saw the audio. Great addition! Was worried it may be another limitation in the study, but happy that you've been adding to it.
Thanks a lot!
I pronounce them /y/ and /yː/. I’m recording a lot of audio in huge chunks right now, though, so I may not hit every sound every time (especially true of geminates, long vowels, and j). Additionally, there may be unfortunate audio artifacts, like mouse clicks, airplane noise, etc. The nice thing is that if you hear something off in an exercise that has audio now, you can report it, and I’ll actually review the audio rather than auto-deleting it, since there’s actually audio there to be reviewed!
I can hear the /y/, but I can't speak to consistency since I've only listened to a couple lessons so far. I can only imagine that sounds may shift as they often do in conversation, which seems like a natural feature for any spoken language.
Loving the way /r/ sounds! Thanks again for doing this.