Traumae

    Created in 1998, Traumae is a synthetic language created for artificial intelligence research.

    This documentation is under development, come back soon.

    Updated on Dec 25, 2013Read 3156 times


    Learning Resources

    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.

    The Letters

    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.

    TraversingStateOrigin
    ki Unknown xi Unknown si Unknown
    ti Unknown di Unknown li Unknown
    pi Unknown bi Unknown vi Unknown
    DirectionTransformationCounters
    ka Unknown xa Unknown sa Unknown
    ta Unknown da Unknown la Unknown
    pa Unknown ba Unknown va Unknown
    ModalityAlignmentInteraction
    ko Unknown xo Unknown so Unknown
    to Unknown do Unknown lo Unknown
    po Unknown bo Unknown vo Unknown

    The Words

    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.

    katapa
    sosokaUnknownsotaUnknownsopaUnknown
    lolokaUnknownlotaUnknownlopaUnknown
    vovokaUnknownvotaUnknownvopaUnknown

    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 lokaUnknownDolo kaUnknown

    The Constructs

    The Pronouns

    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.

    Traumae Pronouns
      Nominative Oblique Genitive Possessive
    English traumae English traumae English traumae English traumae
    1st person singular IUnknown meUnknown myUnknown mineUnknown
    plural weUnknown usUnknown ourUnknown oursUnknown
    2nd person singular youUnknown youUnknown yourUnknown yoursUnknown
    plural youUnknown youUnknown yourUnknown yoursUnknown
    3rd person singular theyUnknown themUnknown theirUnknown theirsUnknown
    plural theyUnknown themUnknown theirUnknown theirsUnknown

    The Verbs

    The following table shows the permutations of tenses and modality of traumae.

    Traumae Verbs
    TensePastPresentFuture
    English traumae English traumae English traumae
    Normal was thinkingUnknown 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 thinkUnknown 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

    The Functions

    Traumae Functions
    TypeCategoryEnglishTraumae
    PrepositionsSpacialoverUnknown
    atUnknown
    underUnknown
    Spacial InwardonUnknown
    inUnknown
    ontoUnknown
    Spacial StableforUnknown
    toUnknown
    byUnknown
    Spacial OutwardupUnknown
    betweenUnknown
    downUnknown
    DeterminersCrementationsmoreUnknown
    evenUnknown
    lessUnknown
    Spacial relativemuch/manyUnknown
    fairUnknown
    few/littleUnknown
    ConjunctionsTemperalafterUnknown
    now/whileUnknown
    beforeUnknown
    Spacial relativewhoUnknown
    whichUnknown
    whatUnknown
    Spacial relativewhyUnknown
    whereUnknown
    howUnknown

    Syntax

    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.

    Term Example Childspeak Adultspeak
    Subject The eyes see you pоsо sо kilа pso so klia
    Verb You see the eyes kilа pоsо kliа psо
    Object Direct I gave you eyes vopa kilа pоsо vopa kliа psо
    Indirect I gave you eyes vopa kilа pоsо vopa kliа psо

    Additional Notes

    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.

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