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VCV Reclisting

[copied and pasted from tumblr]

Once praised as the highest level of smoothness possible, VCV reclist-writing can be seen as a very daunting task when CVVC can nowadays do the same job more quickly. I’m here to explain how I throw together a VCV reclist.

I start by collecting the consonants and vowels that I’ll need, separately. Figure out an order to put them in. For consonants I’ve taken to organizing them by how they’re pronounced: plosive, fricative, approximant, etc. As for vowels, as long as there is an order at all, things should be fine.

The reclist is built off vowel string patterns, which are what I do first.
Count the number of vowels you have and add one. This will be your string length. Don’t worry if it’s too long. For the purpose of this tutorial my “vowels” will be numbers 0-9, which means my string length is 11.

For the first string, take the first vowel and repeat twice, then alternate between it and the next vowels. Repeat for the next string, moving forward a vowel, until all the vowels are covered.



11 mora is a bit too long for easy recording, so we can split the strings in half. Remember not to lose vowels.

1-1-2-1-3-1 // 1-4-1-5-1-6
9-9-0-9-1-9 // 9-2-9-3-9-4

After creating your vowel patterns, copy and paste the entire section. This is the only time you need to enter in consonants manually. Put your first consonant in front of each vowel.


After entering the consonants, copy and paste this section into a separate document. There, find and replace the first consonant with your second consonant. Then copy and paste the modified version back into the reclist. Repeat until you’ve gotten through all the consonants

If converting a CVVC reclist to a VCV one, the original VC elements still need to be kept for functionality, in the case of languages other than Japanese. Luckily these are easy to integrate into strings, but aliasing must be dealt with. You can simply add the consonant again to the end of a string. Then, this can later be oto’d as a VC.


The first two syllables in the string can be OTO’d as CV, rentan style. The space between those syllables can be oto’d as a bridge/blend VC, like a Japanese VC. Generally, this is the aliasing system I use.

[v cv] for main VCV entries
[- cv] and [cv] for the rentan CV
[v c] Bridge/blend VC
[vc] or [v c-] Stop/end VC

In languages like English that feature a lot of consonant clusters, I tend to leave those as plain CVVC. VCV is meant for the more common single consonants.
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