The syllable sequence “k-n-“

kana – lead; leading; leadership; leader
kane – dispel; refute; repudiate
kani – sausage
kano – my dear; my darling
kanu – stringed instrument
kanue – canvas [sail; paitning surface]
kanyo – question; ask; raise a question
kena – circle; be circular; spherical
kenua – denim; jeans
kina – mammal
kinua – metalworking or casting of some kind
kinya – silver; coins
kinyo – intervene; get involved
kona – dress; skirt
kone – awe; intimidate
koni – skunk
kono – gray; stone; ash
kuna – excrete; expel; defecate; shit
kuni – lucid dream
kunye – moon; lunar; satellite
kuana – peach [fruit; tree; color]
kuanu – bush; woody plant
kyono – comforting habit or ritual

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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