I've been reading a book that includes extraterrestrials that shift from female to male during the course of their lives. During the transition phase, the other characters in the book use the neutral pronouns "xe" and "xyr" to refer to them.

What would be an appropriate pronunciation for these?

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    X in front of an English word generally makes the Z sound – but it's hard to know in this case. – J.R. Mar 28 '17 at 9:11
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    Pronouncing the 'x' like in Spanish would be so great, though. – the dark wanderer Mar 28 '17 at 11:00
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    "xe" is probably best pronounced "they" and "xyr" as "their" ;) – Muzer Mar 28 '17 at 11:18
  • Personally, when I form neutral pronouns, I pronounce "x" as "sh": "xe (she) said", "I saw xem (shem)", "xer (sher) name", "that is xers (shers)", helps xerself (sherself)". – MetaEd Mar 28 '17 at 17:12
  • How do you pronounce Xerox? – Tyzoid Mar 28 '17 at 17:14
up vote 14 down vote accepted

Xe is more like /zi/ as it seems. Same with xyr.

References:
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/xyr
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/xe

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