pronunciation guide in Hindi

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I just want to give it a try and start this chart with my - admittedly - poor knowledge of the language Hindi. I'm having available here a narrow vocabulary and some knowledge of Hindi phonology.

First, we'd have to decide which contrasts should match the Lojban voiced/unvoiced consonant pairs, since most Hindi consonants can be distinguished according voiced/unvoiced, aspirated/unaspirated, retroflex/'normal', which e.g. for the dental stops or labial plosives means:

d - dh - d(retro) - dh(retro) - t - th - t(retro) - th(retro)

b - bh - b(retro) - bh(retro) - p - ph - p(retro) - ph(retro)

etc.

The vowels are:

a, i, u, e, o - each coming in pairs: short-open (a, i, u) or moreorless long-moreorless closed (e, o). There are still two diphtongs ae-e and o-o with pretty different articulation according different local pronunciation. So what?

a rastr-bhasa (national language)

e dene (give)

i pahli (first)

o prajog (application), ho (of)

u puri tarah (fully, full manner/way)

y -

ai sthai prakriti (enduring nature)

au -

ei -

oi -

ia krijatmak (effective), jatha (namely)

ie lije (for)

ii -

io prajog (application)

iu -

ua -

ue -

ui -

uo -

uu -

b bharat (India) -there's no 'normal' b in my sample text, sorry!

c kisht (rate, instalment?)

d dene (give), dija/dije (given), hindi (Hindi)

f -

g agja-patra (laws)

j -

k sarkari (official)

l le legi (will take/occupy/replace)

m kram (system)

n nishcaj (decision)

p parivartan (conversion)

r rup (form)

s sthan (place, location), sath-sath (together with)

t tarah (manner, form, way)

v vikas (developement), patra-vjavahar (correspondence)

x -

z �'grezi (English)

' hindi (the language Hindi)

Comments, corrections and improvements are highly welcome :-) and - needed! :[[-- [.aulun.|.aulun.]]

Needed urgently, folks; if I don't get what I need soon, I'm going to Berlitz. By soon, I mean end of November 2002. -- nitcion