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Created in 1998, Traumae is a synthetic language by Devine Lu Linvega for language processing experiments and research.

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

katapa
sosokato look intosotato picturesopato look back
lolokato enterlotato staylopato leave
vovokato getvotato 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 Ilaka metilaka mypilaka minetipilaka
plural wesaka ustisaka ourpisaka ourstipisaka
2nd person singular youlapa youtilapa yourpilapa yourstipilapa
plural yousapa youtisapa yourpisapa yourstipisapa
3rd person singular he/she/itlata themtilata theirpilata theirstipilata
plural theysata themtisata theirpisata theirstipisata

The Verbs

The following table shows the permutations of tenses and modality of the three main traumae verbs/actions. Additional verbs can be created by mixing traumae axioms, for example, soxi means to think and palo means to grow.

TensePastPresentFuture
English traumae English traumae English traumae
Normal was seeingtika so am seeing so will be seeing tipa so
was being tika lo am being lo will be tipa lo
was doing tika vo am doing vo will be doing tipa vo
Impossible could not seetika ko so cannot see ko so will not see tipa ko so
could not be tika ko lo cannot be ko lo will not be tipa ko lo
could not do tika ko vo cannot do ko vo will not do tipa ko vo
Potential could see tika to so can see to so might see tipa to so
could be tika to lo can be to lo might be tipa to lo
could do tika to vo can do to vo might do tipa to vo
Certainty must have seen tika to so must see to so will have to see tipa to so
must have been tika po lo must be po lo will have to be tipa po lo
must have done tika po vo must do po vo will have to do tipa po vo

You can learn more about Traumae by reading through the Lessons and looking into the Dictionaery. Feel free to contact me at aliceffekt@gmail.com if you have any further question.

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