The syllable sequence “p-(n)t-“

* pata – tile; brick
* pato – duck; male prostitute (slang)
* panta – marsh; swamp; wetlands; glade
* panto – tomato
* peta – map; chart; draft; cartographic
* pita – be void; hollow; empty; blank
* pite – manatee; walrus
* pito – navel; belly button
* pinta – act tactfully; tactful; discreet
* pinto – swallow it whole; act without thinking
* pote – mortgage; pawn; detain in custody
* poti – goat; ram
* poto – image; picture; photograph
* ponto – cannon; gun; artillery [fire a ~]
* puta – be wrong; false
* pute – deficiency; deficit
* puti – mint; spearmint
* punta – betray; rebel; revolt

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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