A reader of Merchant of Alyss writes:
I have enjoyed Merchant of Alyss. I have a question that didn’t bother me when I read Emissary but does in Merchant.
How did you pronounce Milantian in your mind when you made up the language?
I have thought through three different pronunciations:
My lan teean
Mylanshun, like Martian
My lan tan
I’ve got a couple of others but those were the first that I had come into my mind. I minored in English along with my music major so, I have this pronunciation thing in my head.
This is so cool. It takes me back to discussions I had over Tolkien and his wordings when I was growing up.
In my head, it has been the same since the first moment it showed up on the page.
Mih – LAN – ti – an
lan as in land
ti as in tea
accent on the second syllable.
Thanks so much for this reason to smile!
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