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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.

Vilo pi 1998, Traumae lo vi dix vip Devine Lu Linvega po dix tivo xa vix. 27 dik vid lo la traumae dix, sal vota lati tix - la xa xas lo toxi, sal sato lo to. Lobid paki libo pi lixo las lita, dipix xa sadip vota dati dop. La vid xa la sadip vop kai pal dipix.
Text translated into Traumae

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.

ki parent xi psychology si complexity
ti instance di physiognomy li organicity
pi children bi physicality vi syntheticity
ka inwardness xa addition sa multiplicity
ta inanimate da equality la oneness
pa outwardness ba subtraction va noneness
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, ta & pa syllables.

sosokato look intosotato picturesopato look back
lolokato comelotato 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?
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