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|a Western Abruzzese dialect of the
Neapolitan language continuum
|Alphabet and pronunciation|
|Nouns and articles|
|Adjectives • Pronouns|
|Conjugation of esse’, to be|
|Conjugation of havè, to have|
|Interrogatives • Adverbs|
|Prepositions • Conjunctions|
|Common verbs • Lexicon|
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Final vowels and vowel reduction
A good portion of Pizzonese words end in -e, this unstressed e stands for the schwa sound that has become such a distinct part of Southern Italian languages. The schwa (the English uh sound) is the most frequent vowel in Pizzonese, let alone in the Neapolitan language continuum itself. In Pizzonese, any unstressed a, e, o, i, and u in writing can be weakened into short versions of themselves, and are even simplified down to a schwa in some situations. The a stays the strongest out of all the vowels though, and is only partially weakened most of the time, so that way you can still tell the original a sound. Examples of vowel reduction are in the words cumenzà and camminié. Similarly, Neapolitan has much the same guidelines as Pizzonese. (Or should I say otherwise!)
The consonants of Pizzonese are b, c, d, f, g, h, j, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, and z. Depending on the consonant, they could be basic as in English, they could be palatalized, silent, or operate in conjunction with another letter. Here's an explanation of all vowels and vowel combinations.
The regular consonants' are pronounced consistently and as in English and Italian with the only modification being doubling, being b, d, f, j, l, m, n, p, r, s, and t
There are as the above, except they are digraphs or accented, and thus not counted as letters on their own:
- c: pronounced as in English and Italian before a, o, and u, but before e and i, they are...