Traumae Pentuary 30, 2014

Created in 1998, Traumae is a synthetic language created 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.

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    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

    To be continued..

    Devine Lu Linvega
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