New Kala word

염바마구
yempamakua – /jeᵐpamaːkʷa/ – ironing board

모 거 염바마구 나묘 가
mo ke yempamakua namyo ka
/mo kɛ jeᵐpamaːkʷa naːmʲo gaː/
place O table-iron 1pl.GEN Q
Where is our ironing board?

Kala phrase

하 겨 나 거 남바 다요 마구바틱
ha kye na ke nampa tayo makuapatlik
/ha kʲɛ na kɛ naːᵐpa taːjo makʷapaːt͡ɬɪk/
3s IND.SPE 1s O shirt 2s.GEN press-ABIL-FUT-NEG
She said “I will not be able to iron your shirt.”

Lexical Change

I have made a notable change to the lexicon of Kala. ma’ak is no longer used for the meaning “without; lacking”, or as an abbesive preposition, it is from now on to be mue /mʷe/.

Old

ha ma’ak mukuha a
3s without blade-AUG COP
She is without a sword.

New

ha mue mukuha a
3s without blade-AUG COP
She is without a sword.

This change was brought about by grammatical necessity as I am continuing to write/edit the full Kala grammar to be released later this year.

Kala Idiom

아냠 하요 어냠버
anyam hayo enyampe
/aːɲam haːjo eɲaːᵐpe/
eye-PL 3s.GEN reflect-LIM
His/Her eyes only reflect. = He/she is conceited.

This would be said for anyone that may be egoistic, conceited, vain, or selfish.

Over the next few weeks I plan on exploring idioms on this page and how to express them (or, how I would) in Kala.

Kala Phrase

바다가마나냐사하자타우라
kyolon sekyo sotaye
/kʲoːlon ʃɛːkʲo sotaːjɛ/
quick-ADV bacterium disperse-PST
The bacteria dispersed quickly.

Ch. 11, Path of the Warrior

다나고 거 므그하 하요 마러
야 우어 가야 마아 가지 다지
야 자여 그바 다나슈 마러

tanako ke mukuha hayo male
ya ua’e kaya ma’a katsi tatsi
ya tsaye kupa tanasue male

/tanaːko kɛ mukuːha haːjo maːlɛ
ja waːʔe kaːja maːʔa kaːt͡ʃi taːt͡ʃɪ
ja t͡saːje kuːpa tanaːʃʷe maːlɛ/

fight-AG O blade-AUG 3s.GEN display
VOC above earth with dignity stand
VOC until death fight-PREP display

The Warrior shows his Sword
Stand up with dignity over the earth
Show that you are ready to fight until death.

From Path of the Warrior, by Lucas E. Schultz

Kala Phrase

아막 끼하토 냐 따힘 므햐박
amak nkihatlo nya ntahim muhyapak
/aːmak ᵑkiɦaːt͡ɬo ɲa ⁿtaːɦim muhʲaːpak/
never judge-AG for child-PL be.neutral-ABIL-NEG
The judge is never able to be unbiased with juveniles.