|This is the pronunciation key for IPA transcriptions of Haitian Creole on Wikipedia.|
It provides a set of symbols to represent the pronunciation of Haitian Creole in Wikipedia articles, and example words that illustrate the sounds that correspond to them. Integrity must be maintained between the key and the transcriptions that link here; do not change any symbol or value without establishing consensus on the talk page first.
The charts below show the way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents Haitian Creole pronunciations in Wikipedia articles. For a guide to adding IPA characters to Wikipedia articles, see Template:IPA and Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Pronunciation § Entering IPA characters.
There are no silent letters in Haitian Creole unless a word is written with the traditional orthography.
See Haitian Creole phonology for a more thorough look at the sounds of Haitian Creole.
- The contrast between [ɣ] and [w] is lost before rounded vowels, and the two phonemes merge then as [w]. Some orthographies of Haitian Creole follow the etymology of the word by using ⟨r⟩ for [w] before a rounded vowel if it comes from an original [ɣ]: gro [ɡwo] ('big' cf. French gros [ɡʁo]). The official orthography follows the modern pronunciation of the word and uses ⟨w⟩ for [w] in all cases and so [ɡwo] is spelled ⟨gwo⟩.
- [ɥ] is always followed by [i].
- When [n] follows an oral vowel, a grave accent ⟨`⟩ is written on the vowel before ⟨n⟩: ⟨èn⟩ represents [ɛn], ⟨òn⟩ represents [ɔn], and ⟨àn⟩ represents [an]. The oral pronunciation occurs also when ⟨n⟩ is followed by another vowel.