Traumae Pentuary 30, 2014

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

ka(li)
inward + organicity
kali
Female
klai
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 communication
to possibility do unknown lo existance
po specificity bo negativity vo interaction

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 enterlotato 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"(indescript) 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/shelata themtilata theirpilata theirstipilata
plural theysata themtisata theirpisata theirstipisata

The Verbs

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

TensePastPresentFuture
English traumae English traumae English traumae
Normal was thinkingtika so am thinking tita so will be thinking tipa so
was being tika lo am being tita lo will be tipa lo
was doing tika vo am doing tita vo will be doing tipa vo
Impossible could not thinktika ko so cannot think tita ko so will not think tipa ko so
could not be tika ko lo cannot be tita ko lo will not be tipa ko lo
could not do tika ko vo cannot do tita ko vo will not do tipa ko vo
Potential could think tika to so can think tita to so might think tipa to so
could be tika to lo can be tita to lo might be tipa to lo
could do tika to vo can do tita to vo might do tipa to vo
Certainty must have thought tika to so must think tita to so will have to think tipa to so
must have been tika po lo must be tita po lo will have to be tipa po lo
must have done tika po vo must do tita po vo will have to do tipa po vo

The Functions

TypeCategoryEnglishTraumae
PrepositionsSpacialoverki
atti
underpi
Spacial Inwardonkaki
inkati
ontokapi
Spacial Stablefortaki
toto
bytapi
Spacial Outwarduppaki
betweenpati
downpapi
DeterminersCrementationsmorexa
evenda
lessba
Spacial relativemuch/manyxalo
fairdalo
few/littlebalo
ConjunctionsTemperalafterkipasi
now/whiletipasi
beforepipasi
Spacial relativewhodoxi
whichdodi
whatdobi
Spacial relativewhydoso
wheredoti
howdovo

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
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