New Kala word


oue – /ˈoːwɛ/
subtle; profound; sophisticated

ha ke oueto unyak
3s O subtle-way understand-NEG
She doesn’t understand how to be subtle.

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Anatomy vocabulary


Anatomy vocabulary, written in Omyatloko syllabary

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Kala Phrase

na nya unya inya
/naː ɲa uːˈɲa iːˈɲa/
1s for know hunger
I hunger for knowledge. (More figuratively: “I yearn for understanding.”)

A nice tongue twister that might used in poetry or elocution.

Thematic Lexicon

I have recently updated the Kala thematic lexicon. The categories are not arranged in any particular order.

The syllable sequence [k-h-]

* kaha – paper; document; letter; page; site
* kaho – operculum; a covering flap [of skin]
* kahu – furniture
* kahue – mirage; shadow
* kahyo – porcelain; ceramic
* keha – body [human]; health; anatomy
* kehe – shark
* keho – alarm; alert; warning signal
* kiha – high; tall; above average; long
* kiho – as things allow; opportune moment; opportunity
* kihu – weather; climate; atmosphere; situation
* kihua – clear; fine [weather]
* kihya – root; source; origin
* kihyo – business; trade; commerce
* koha – wistfulness; nostalgia; be homesick
* kohe – plateau; bluff; mesa
* koho – float; drift; be buoyant
* kohu – fog; mist; vapor; steam
* kohya – castrate; fig. emasculate; neuter
* kuha – cook; prepare food
* kuhi – hold; grasp; clench (one’s fist)
* kuhu – object; differ; challenge; protest
* kuaha – study; science; -ology
* kuaho – be short; soon [duration]
* kyaho – practice; train; drill
* kyeha – get along well; compatible
* kyehu – have a moment of leisure; take a break
* kyohi – refuse; decline; reject
* kyohu – be drastic; extreme; aggressive
* kyohua – exchange; swap; trade; transpose

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.

New Kala word

nkatsa – /ᵑkaːt͡ʃa/ – move liquid or gas; pump; reciprocating motion

Taken from: nakáčivatʹ

Kala phrase

ha ke tekokua ma’a maya yenoye
3sg O bottle-whole with water fill-PST
He filled the entire bottle with water.