Looking at the zompist page for Wede:i, I don't see any instructions on how to pronounce the ":" that we see in the name of the language and other places.

Am I missing something? How are you supposed to pronounce the ":"?

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The phonology table shows it quite simply, it modifies the e to indicate that it is a long vowel. I don't know why the vowel table shows the dipthongs a:i and a:u but not e:i (or any others).

Note that although this may seem to be a common colon, the actual IPA diacritic is two triangles, flat sides on the outside: U+02D0 ː. But as the colon doesn't have another meaning in the IPA and it's much easier to type, a lot of people just use it instead.

  • Interesting. I've never seen that before.
    – Mithical
    Feb 11, 2018 at 9:02
  • I'm pretty sure it's because a:i and a:u are the only actual (long) diphthongs, e:i is read as two syllables (which is allowed because it's word final)
    – No Name
    Jul 26, 2021 at 11:32

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