The syllable sequence “n-h-“

naha – creek; river; stream
nahe – in [located inside of]; internal; within
naho – grammar; order; rule
nehe – fingernail; toenail; scratch
niha / -ni – good; pleasant; regular; nice
nihi – glutton; greedy; piggish
noho – chickpea; garbanzo; hummus
nohya – bundle; pack; wrap

The number of minimal pairs in Kala is high, due to the strict syllable structure and typical lemma being made-up of a CVCV root. I’ve tried to relate a few of these and others I have endeavored to keep from seeming related at all. This makes for some nice tongue twisters and some difficult semantics, but it is a feature that I enjoy.

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