Help:IPA for Slovene

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The charts below show the way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents Slovene pronunciations in Wikipedia articles.

English approximations are in some cases very loose, and only intended to give a general idea of the pronunciation.

Consonants
IPA Letter Tonal
orth.
Examples nearest English equivalent
b b bob bob
d d dan done
d͡z c brivec brije[1] heads
d͡ʒ ez George
f f film film
ɡ g gora gore
ɣ h vrh drevesa[1] Spanish razgo
j j jaz[2] yaw
k k kolo cola
l l, lj[2] luka Luke
m m morje more
n n, nj[2] ne no
ŋ n banka[3] bank
p p pet pet
r r robot robot (trilled)
s s stol stole
ʃ š šum shell
t t ti tattoo
t͡s c car shorts
t͡ʃ č čaj church
v f filozof Dolar[1] van
ʋ v voda van (weaker)
w l, v ł cerkev[4] we
x h harfa (Scottish) loch
z z zima zoo
ʒ ž žaba fusion
Combinations of vowels and tone
Low tone (or "rising") vowels
IPA Letter Stress
orth.
Tonal
orth.[5][6]
Examples nearest English equivalent
àː a á danes father
ɛ̀ː e ê é zemlja British square
èː é ẹ́ cerkev late
ə̀ è ə̀ sem (stressed) about
ə̀r r ŕ vrba US: verb (trilled)
ìː i í hiša least
ɔ̀ː o ô ó poten more
òː ó ọ́ erotičen goat
ùː u ú trup scoop
High tone (or "falling") vowels
á a à ȁ brat father (shorter)
áː á ȃ grad father
ɛ́ e è ȅ met let
ɛ́ː ê ȇ adverb British square
éː é ẹ̑ kreda late
ə́ è ə̏ pes about
ə́r r ŕ ȓ trg US: verb (trilled)
í i ì ȉ bik list
íː í ȋ list least
ɔ́ o ò ȍ on lot
ɔ́ː ô ȏ alkova more
óː ó ọ̑ pot goat
ú u ù ȕ kruh foot
úː ú ȗ romunščina scoop
ý ü ǜ ü̏ Türk[7] German Psychologie
Unstressed vowels
a a žena father (shorter)
ɛ e medved let
ə e ə danes about
ər er, r ər, r koder, potrditi US: verb (trilled)
i i biti list
ɔ o potok lot
u u mamut foot
Stress[6]
IPA Examples explanation
ˈ [ˈsə̀m] Primary stress

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c In standard Slovenian [d͡z ɣ v] are allophones of /t͡s x f/ that occur before voiced consonants.
  2. ^ a b c Orthographic sequences lj nj rj are pronounced /lj nj rj/ only if a vowel follows, otherwise the /j/ isn't pronounced. In the case of rj it's reflected in the orthography, but for lj nj it's not.
  3. ^ [ŋ] is an allophone of /n/ before /k g x/, but only when it's spelled n. When it's spelled nj, it's simply alveolar [n].
  4. ^ In standard Slovene [w] is an allophone of /v/ (also /l/ in some cases) before consonants and pause. However, it's equally valid to consider it a phoneme because of minimal pairs like pọ̑l "pole" - pọ̑ł "half"
  5. ^ Tonic marks are not part of the orthography, but are found in dictionaries, such as "Slovenski pravopis 2001".  Tone marks can also be found on r, which signifies a sequence /ər/.
  6. ^ a b Wherever possible, one should transcribe Slovene with both tonic and stress marks. If the correct tones are unknown, it's acceptable to put only a stress-based transcription.
  7. ^ Present only in loanwords and dialectal words; often substituted by [í].