Phonetic guide

Phonetic image.

A phonetic representation of each word illustrated is provided throughout most of the stoory site. Such as for faither as shown below.


Clicking on any of these phonetic images will open a new window with a key to the symbols and an attempt to describe how to pronounce them. It is the same as the table used here.

A visual guide showing the phonetic symbols and how to pronounce them in relation to the Scottish language.

The guide.

The phonetic symbol is in blue on the left with example words on the right. The letters in red indicate the part of the example word which has the sound that the phonetic symbol represents.

The remaining symbols b, d, f, g, h, k, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, v, w, z look the same as the regular alphabet and have their usual English phonetic values.

This site is not intended to be authoritative. For in depth detailed information consult the on-line Dictionary of the Scots Language.

For definitive guidance on the use of phonetic symbols try the International Phonetic Association – many good language books and dictionaries use this system and include a comprehensive pronunciation key.

Special thanks to the Summer School of Linguistics who provide quality phonetic font sets, one of which is used here.