Mirad Grammar/Alphabet

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Mirad uses the Roman alphabet as English. There is an upper case (majuscules or capital letters) and a lower case (miniscules or small letters). The upper case letters are used for capitalization exactly as in English. Mirad, at least for non-foreign words, uses no diacritic marks such as the breve, the grave accent, or the dieresis. The order of the alphabet is the same as in English.

Alphabet
LOWERCASE a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
MIRAD NAME a ba ca da e fe ge he i ji ki li mi ni o po ko ro so to u vu wu xu yu zu
UPPERCASE A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
MIRAD NAME aga agba agca agda age agfe agge aghe agi agji agki agli agmi agni ago agpo agko agro agso agto agu agvu agwu agxu agyu agzu

The letters c and q are used only to represent words and names imported into Mirad from other languages, or for words in which letters of the alphabet are used to spell out chemical terms or metric units (eg. naco nacho, calil cholorine).
Notice that the vowel of each letter name changes to the single vowel letter before it. For example, the vowel in the name for letter f changes to e following the letter e in the alphabetic sequence.
Spelling a word aloud means uttering the word's Mirad letter names in succession left to right. If the letter is a upper case, then the letter name is preceded by ag-....big, eg.:
  • anxwa is spelled aloud as a-ni-xu-wu-a
  • Mirad is spelled aloud as agmi-i-ro-a-da
Text in Mirad is written from left to right with spaces between words. Capitalization and punctuation are described later, but in general, they are much like English.
The Mirad alphabet can be divided into three types of sounds: consonants, glides, and vowels. These are covered in the next section.

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