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The sound system of Nognese reminded our scouts of Italian. They nicknamed it 'V' because of its open syllables.

Vowels

V has five vowel phonemes that resolve to seven surface vowels. It has some diphthongs, but they're fairly transparent.

/a/ => [a] /e/ => [E] when stressed; [e] otherwise /i/ => [i] /o/ => [O] when stressed; [o] otherwise /u/ => [u]

Consonants

Geminates are present, represented in scouts' Latin orthography with double letters.

The /k/ phoneme tends to palatalize to /tS/.

Accent

Accent is fairly but not always predictable, and not always marked in the standard orthography. Most words with a diphthong are accented on the diphthong. Most words with a geminate are accented on the syllable preceding the geminate. Otherwise, there appears to be a primary accent on the penult, with a secondary accent on the first syllable.

Sound changes

Compared to the protolanguage, V has lost glottal stops, simplified some consonant clusters, and reduced several fricatives to null.