The syllable sequence “s-(n)k-“

saka – gender; sex
saku – deadlock; result in a stalemate; impasse
sanka – delta [geography]
seka – be dry; sharp; strict
seko – scorpion
seku – to plan; to lay out; to design; policy
sekyo – bacterium; germ
senku – think poorly of someone
sika – sip; smack one’s lips; suck; savor
siku – an unforeseen event; accident; misfortune
sikue – pig; pork; swine
sikyo – womb; placenta; uterus
sinka – lion
sok – no kind
soka – introduce; introduction
soki – muddy; mud
soko – rescue; pluck from danger
soku – font; typeface; typeset
sokua – every kind
sokyo – helium
sonka – ode; eulogy; praise in writing
suaki – hare; rabbit
suka – acid; sour; vinegar
suke – lane; alley
suku – market; shop; store

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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