The syllable sequence “ts-k-“

tsaka – house; residence; reside
tsaki – chewing gum
tsaku – idea; thought; conception
tseka – pull; draw near; tug; tow; yank
tseko – wood charcoal; coal; carbon
tsekua – condense; solidify; coagulate; clot (of blood)
tsika – economy; economic
tsiki – porcelain; china [made from ~]
tsiko – furnace; oven; stove
tsikua – avian; bird
tsikue – habit; custom; usual practice; tradition
tsikya – chirp or peep (onomatopoeia); birdsong
tsoka – bump; collide with; strike
tsoko – cacao; chocolate
tsoku – be direct; immediate; straightforward
tsuka – pride; hubris; arrogance
tsuke – salt; pickle; cure [meat]; marinade
tsuki / ki- – next; order; sequence [ordinal]
tsuku – rumpled feathers; bedraggled; wet and limp
tsukua – tassel; ribbon; bow

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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3 thoughts on “The syllable sequence “ts-k-“

  1. Cool, and reminds me of natlangs that have small phoneme inventories and restricted phonotactics, like Hawaiian and Japanese. Some similar sounding words have similar meanings, and other have completely different meanings. Really shows the depth of Kala.

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  2. Not really. Occasionally /i/ will indicate the idea of smallness, and /o/ might relate a sense of importance, but other than that, no effort has been made.

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