Language

Updated On Octamber 18, 2014
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Created in 1998, Traumae is a synthetic language by Devine Lu Linvega for language processing experiments and research.

ka(li)
inward + organicity
kali
Female
kail
Female, spelling

The Traumae language has 27 root syllables, each associated to a core idea - combinable and specific, to make all permutations of its alphabet possible. Written from left to right with implicit neutrality, 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.

The Alphabet

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. In practice, the relationship between sounds and meanings can become very blurry, it is good to rely on both memory and logic while learning traumae.

TraversingStateOrigin
ki parent xi psychology si complexity
ti instance di physiognomy li organicity
pi children bi physicality vi syntheticity
DirectionTransformationCounters
ka inwardness xa addition sa multiplicity
ta inanimate da equality la uniqueness
pa outwardness ba subtraction va noneness
ModalityAlignmentInteraction
ko impossibility xo positivity so observation
to possibility do unknown lo existance
po specificity bo negativity vo action

Similarly to how kanji compound words work, Traumae constructs are formed by combining letters from its alphabet. 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.

katapa
sosokato observesotato picturesopato show
lolokato returnlotato staylopato leave
vovokato takevotato havevopato give

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 lokais it entering?Dolo kawho is coming?

The Pronouns

Traumae's grammar is asexual and its pronouns are divided into four families and three persons, where "it" is included in the third family.

  Nominative Oblique Genitive Possessive
English traumae English traumae English traumae English traumae
1st person singular Ilak metilak mypilak minetpilak
plural wesak ustisak ourpisak ourstpisak
2nd person singular youlap youtilap yourpilap yourstpilap
plural yousap youtisap yourpisap yourstpisap
3rd person singular he/shelat themtilat theirpilat theirstpilat
plural theysat themtisat theirpisat theirstpisat

The Verbs

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

TensePastPresentFuture
English traumae English traumae English traumae
Normal was thinkingtek so am thinking so will be thinking tep so
was being tek lo am being lo will be tep lo
was doing tek vo am doing vo will be doing tep vo
Impossible could not thinktek ko so cannot think ko so will not think tep ko so
could not be tek ko lo cannot be ko lo will not be tep ko lo
could not do tek ko vo cannot do ko vo will not do tep ko vo
Potential could think tek to so can think to so might think tep to so
could be tek to lo can be to lo might be tep to lo
could do tek to vo can do to vo might do tep to vo
Certainty must have thought tek to so must think to so will have to think tep to so
must have been tek po lo must be po lo will have to be tep po lo
must have done tek po vo must do po vo will have to do tep po vo

The Functions

A preliminary list of particles, this is a work in progress.

TypeCategoryEnglishTraumae
PrepositionsSpacialoverki
atti
underpi
Spacial Inwardonkai
inkait
ontokaip
Spacial Stablefortaik
toto
bytaip
Spacial Outwarduppaik
betweenpait
downpai
DeterminersCrementationsmorexa
evenda
lessba
Spacial relativemuch/manyxul
fairdul
few/littlebul
ConjunctionsTemperalafterkipais
now/whiletipais
beforepeis
Spacial relativewhodyx
whichdy
whatdo
Spacial relativewhydos
wheredyt
howdov
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