Created in 1998, Traumae is a synthetic language created for artificial intelligence research.
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The Traumae conlang has 27 letters, each associated to a core idea - combinable and specific, to make all permutations of its alphabet possible. Written from left to right with implicit plurality, words and groups of word are both ruled by the same grammatical logics. And so, a single letter or a word will work as a function onto the succeeding pieces of the phrase.
To understand the agglutinative nature of Traumae, try to picture the japanese word structure and an english-like vocabulary system of stems. This documentation will be using the roman alphabet, but the Traumae is sometimes written in its own script "Septambres". There is, presently, no official IPA translation of the letters and so the english IPA is acceptable.
The Traumae lexicon is quite simplistic, starting a word with "so", would explicitely put everything that follows it as something that is being seen. The alphabet encapsulate concepts and prefixes them with new meanings, like "sola" translatable to "I see it!". You will only ever need to know these 27 syllables to figure out what any traumae word might mean.
It wouldn't be wrong to assume that traumae has 27 core words, and to learn these few concepts should be enough to guess at what a new word might mean.
Similarly to how japanese kanji combinations will create more complex constructs, the Traumae letters will be combined to create its dictionary. To give you a sense of the possibilities of Traumae, the following table will show you how to create many words stemming from the so letter in combination with the ka letter, to see the full list of permutations of the traumae alphabet, have a look at the Divieth Dictionary.
A common difficulty with Traumae is to properly divide the words and to use the correct sequence of letter to express a specific concept - or which letter comes first in xoka, why is it not kaxo.
|Do loka||Unknown||Dolo ka||Unknown|
Traumae's grammar is asexual and its pronouns are divided into four families and three persons, where "it"(indescript) is included in the third family.
The following table shows the permutations of tenses and modality of traumae.
|Normal||was thinking||Unknown Unknown||am thinking||Unknown Unknown||will be thinking||Unknown Unknown|
|was being||Unknown Unknown||am being||Unknown Unknown||will be||Unknown Unknown|
|was doing||Unknown Unknown||am doing||Unknown Unknown||will be doing||Unknown Unknown|
|Impossible||could not think||Unknown Unknown Unknown||cannot think||Unknown Unknown Unknown||will not think||Unknown Unknown Unknown|
|could not be||Unknown Unknown Unknown||cannot be||Unknown Unknown Unknown||will not be||Unknown Unknown Unknown|
|could not do||Unknown Unknown Unknown||cannot do||Unknown Unknown Unknown||will not do||Unknown Unknown Unknown|
|Potential||could think||Unknown Unknown Unknown||can think||Unknown Unknown Unknown||might think||Unknown Unknown Unknown|
|could be||Unknown Unknown Unknown||can be||Unknown Unknown Unknown||might be||Unknown Unknown Unknown|
|could do||Unknown Unknown Unknown||can do||Unknown Unknown Unknown||might do||Unknown Unknown Unknown|
|Certainty||must have thought||Unknown Unknown Unknown||must think||Unknown Unknown Unknown||will have to think||Unknown Unknown Unknown|
|must have been||Unknown Unknown Unknown||must be||Unknown Unknown Unknown||will have to be||Unknown Unknown Unknown|
|must have done||Unknown Unknown Unknown||must do||Unknown Unknown Unknown||will have to do||Unknown Unknown Unknown|
Due to it's modular nature, resembling the one of a modeling language, the word order is not strictly following the SOV model. Similarly to the construction of words, sentences are but a higher level of abstraction following the same patterns as the words. Not unlike the construction of the word "poso" for eyes (po:for so:seeing), "vopa poso" is the word vopa acting upon the word eyes - resulting in the construct of giving eyes.
|Subject||The eyes see you||pоsо sо kilа||pso so klia|
|Verb||You see the eyes||kilа sо pоsо||kliа sо psо|
|Object||Direct||I gave you eyes||vopa kilа pоsо||vopa kliа psо|
|Indirect||I gave you eyes||vopa kilа pоsо||vopa kliа psо|
Traumae has two spoken form, Childspeak (or dictionary-form) and Adultspeak. This documentation uses childspeak, where every letter is spelled out - creating words such as Dovo. This 2 syllables childspeak example can be shortened into the Dvo adultspeak construct. Repetitions of vowels allow traumae constructs to be shortened.
Simple enough? The language is under constant evolution and definition.