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Anthony Appleyard

The letter Q

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In Essos place names, the consonant Q (without a following U) abounds. In real languages, in transcriptions of Semitic languages and Central Asian Turkic languages, Q means a sound like K but pronounced further back in the throat. Is that the intended pronunciation in Dothraki and Valyrian? How often are actors successful in pronouncing this Q sound?

(Distinguish from modern Chinese Pinyin, where Q is pronounced like "ch" in "cheese".)

 

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