The syllable sequence “m-l-“

mala – bad; be unfavorable; unpleasant
male – to display; to exhibit
mali – fictitious; theoretical; virtual
malo – brown
mela – continue; endure; last
meli – kowtow; prostrate; bow
mila – word; language component; morpheme
milo – bubble; foam; suds
mole – apricot
moli – forest; trees
molo – codfish
mula – begin; initial; start
muli – comfortable; at ease

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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