Note: This may be more suited to Worldbuilding SE. I believe it belongs here, because it is about how to write a conlang, but if not, please feel free to move it.
I am constructing Elvish. In my Elvish, there is no letter 'K'. Instead, the elves use 'C' to form the
K sound. Additionally, the letter 'C' cannot form the
S sound, as it can in English. It can only be pronounced as
This presents a problem. In English, we can usually tell whether a 'C' should be pronounced
K by the letters about it. This means that in some Elvish words, readers will assume the letter 'C' is pronounced
S, when it is in fact supposed to be pronounced
Looking at the word
Acir, you would pronounce it
ah-SEER. It is supposed to be pronounced
I have thought of a way around this problem, but I am not sure if I should use it. My method is to write the Elvish words the way they sound, and not the way they would be spelled in Elvish. To take the above example,
Acir would be spelled
The reason I am hesitant to do this is because there are no 'K's in Elvish for a reason. The letter 'K' looks (and sounds) too harsh to be an Elvish letter. Elvish should be soft and flowing, all S's and L's. If I write Elvish the way it sounds, it won't look soft and flowing, which could throw off the feel of the entire language.
Should I write my language as it sounds anyway? Will the reader still see it as 'soft and flowing'? Or should I stick with the Elvish lettering and trust to a glossary to correct the reader's pronunciation?
Further Note: Just removing the
K sound from the words that have it would be the obvious answer. However, I've already built a lot of roots, and I would prefer to not have to rewrite those that have it.