A Word About Fey Words – Dlalth

Dlalth

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In contrast to the Light, Bright and Beautiful language of the Fey of the Light, the language of The Reviled or Dlalth is filled with guttural vocalizations characterized by harsh and grating sounds made in the throat or toward the back of the mouth.  Since all Reviled Fey were once Fey of the Light, many similarities still exist between the languages, such as the pronunciation of Y, DD, NN and trilled R’s, with the distinction coming in the manner of how the sounds are produced.  Where Celebrae is soft and elegant, Dlalth is harsh and guttural. Many Dlalth words also contain more consonants than vowels, creating words that are severe and vile to the ear.  Some examples of pronunciation would be:

  • The letter H is not a soft sound, as in the words: Happy, House, Harmony, but instead the letter H is formed in the back of the throat, creating more of a throaty hissing sound. Hravclanoch would have the accent on the harsh, guttural H.
  • The letters CH are not pronounced crisp and clear, as in the words: Chirp, Starch, Reach, but instead the sound is formed near the back of the mouth, creating the sound more frequently associated with the Scottish CH in the word Loch or the German CH in the word Bach. Hravclanoch not only has the accent on the harsh, guttural H, but the gravelly CH at the end of the word.
  • AA is pronounced like a short A, such as in the words: Father, Hall, Ball, though the sound originates closer to the back of the mouth and a soft repetition of the sound occurs. The Dlalth curse, Raach, would be pronounced with a trilled R, ah, ah, and a gravelly CH.
  • Combinations of consonant sounds are often utilized to form vulgar, throaty sounding words, such as HR, where the R cannot be trilled, but when combined with the deep throaty hiss of the H the sound becomes more harsh than either letter alone. Another example of odd combinations is Hrch, Lych, and Zvl, where the sound of each individual letter is blended into the next, forming an abrasive, snarling, and gravelly sound.

~Morgan~