Saturday, November 28, 2009

Another 25 Words in θəwəməθy (DeRamosh), a #NewLanguage

We're using the Swadesh list to come up with the first 207 words or so in DeRamosh.  Before we start, here are the letters of this new language's alphabet:  ə θ w y m (þ k).

ə = All vowels are schwas.
θ = th sound.
w = w sound.
y = consonant-y sound.
m = m sound.

þ = Plosives are rarely used (only for curse words); spit.
Hard consonants, like k, are currently in limbo.

Without further ado, the next 25 words:

  1. mouth = məwəθ /moh-uhth/
  2. tooth = θəwəθ /thoh-uhth/
  3. tongue = θəmyə /thuhm-yuh/
  4. fingernail = wəmyəwməw /wuhm-yoh-moh/
  5. foot = wəəθ /wuh-uhth/
  6. leg = wəyəθ /wuh-yuhth/
  7. knee = yəməə /yuh-muh-uh/
  8. hand = yəmθ /yuhmth/
  9. wing = wəmyəθ /wuhm-yuhth/
  10. belly = wəmə /wuhm-uh/
  11. guts = yəθ /yuhth/
  12. neck = θwəθ /thwuhth/
  13. back = wəθəwəəw /wuh-thoh-uh-oh/
  14. breast = θwəəθ /thwuh-uhth/
  15. heart = yəəwθ /yuh-ohth/
  16. liver = wəwəw /wuh-woh/
  17. drink = θwəm /thwuhm/
  18. eat = əəθ /uh-uhth/
  19. bite = θəwəθəw /thoh-uhth-oh/
  20. suck = θəwəm /thuh-wuhm/
  21. spit = þə /buh/ or /puh/
  22. vomit = wəməθ /wuh-muhth/
  23. blow = yəθəw /yuh-thoh/
  24. breathe = əmyəw /uhm-yoh/
  25. laugh = wəw /woh/
Here are the 103 we have so far.  This list is in pronunciation-alphabetical order (to help me deal with some redundancies), with some modifications from last time (and from earlier in this post):

  1. spit = þə /buh/ or /puh/
  2. mouth = məwəθ /moh-uhth/
  3. narrow = məwwəw /moh-woh/
  4. many = məməyə /muh-muh-yuh/
  5. not = məθ /muhth/
  6. mother = məθəw /muhth-oh/
  7. nose = məθə /muh-thuh/
  8. meat = məəθ /muh-uhth/
  9. all = əww /oh/
  10. egg = əwwəm /oh-wuhm/
  11. few = θəw /thoh/ homophone with small
  12. small = θəww /thoh/ homophone with few
  13. five = θəwwə /thoh-wuh/
  14. child = θəwθməm /thohth-muhm/
  15. snake = θəwθəmθ /thoh-thumth/
  16. tooth = θəwəθ /thoh-uhth/ 
  17. bite = θəwəθəw /thoh-uhth-oh/
  18. she = θə /thuh/
  19. thin = θəm /thuhm/
  20. some = θəmə /thuh-muh/
  21. dog = θəməm /thuh-muhm/
  22. skin = θəθəm /thuh-thuhm/
  23. tongue = θəmyə /thuhm-yuh/
  24. blood = θəmyəm /thuhm-yuhm/
  25. four = θəəw /thuh-oh/ homonym and homophone with tail
  26. tail = θəəw /thuh-oh/ homonym and homophone with four
  27. stick = θəθθ /thuhth/ homophone with that
  28. that = θəθ /thuhth/ homophone with stick
  29. father = θəθəw /thuhth-oh/
  30. thick = θəθə /thuh-thuh/
  31. fish = θəθəθ /thuh-thuth/
  32. seed = θəəθ /thuh-uhth/
  33. there = θəwə /thuh-wuh/ 
  34. suck = θəwəm /thuh-wuhm/
  35. short = θəyəwθ /thuh-yohth/ 
  36. they = θəyə /thuh-yuh/
  37. two = θwə /thwuh/
  38. drink = θwəm /thwuhm/
  39. neck = θwəθ /thwuhth/
  40. three = θwəə /thwuh-uh/ homonym and homophone with tree
  41. tree = θwəə /thwuh-uh/ homonym and homophone with three
  42. breast = θwəəθ /thwuh-uhth/
  43. one = əm /uhm/
  44. ear = əəw /uh-oh/
  45. animal = əməməw /uhm-uhm-oh/
  46. breathe = əmyəw /uhm-yoh/
  47. it = əθ /uhth/
  48. other = əθəw /uh-thoh/
  49. bone = əθəə /uhth-uh-uh/
  50. eat = əəθ /uh-uhth/
  51. bird = əwəəm /uh-wuh-uhm/
  52. I = əyə /uh-yuh/ homonym and homophone with eye
  53. eye = əyə /uh-yuh/ homonym and homophone with I
  54. laugh = wəw /woh/
  55. worm = wəwm /wohm/
  56. flower = wəwəwəw /woh-oh-oh/ or /wuh-wuh-woh/
  57. bark = wəwθ /wohth/
  58. rope = wəwə /woh-uh/
  59. forest = wəwəθ /woh-uhth/
  60. big = wəwyə /woh-yuh/
  61. we = wə /wuh/ 
  62. belly = wəmə /wuhm-uh/
  63. woman = wəməm /wuh-muhm/ 
  64. vomit = wəməθ /wuh-muhth/
  65. liver = wəwəw /wuh-woh/
  66. fingernail = wəmyəwməw /wuhm-yoh-moh/
  67. long = wəmyə /wuhm-yuh/
  68. wing = wəmyəθ /wuhm-yuhth/
  69. leaf = wəəw /wuh-oh/
  70. louse = wəəwθ /wuh-ohth/  
  71. fat (n.) = wəθ /wuhth/ not to be confused with wife, to the detriment of all
  72. wife = wəθə /wuh-thuh/ not to be confused with fat, to the detriment of all
  73. feather = wəθəw /wuh-thoh/ funny how feather and fat are similar
  74. back = wəθəwəəw /wuh-thoh-uh-oh/
  75. wide = wəθə /wuhth-uh/
  76. foot = wəəθ /wuh-uhth/ homonym and homophone with root
  77. root = wəəθ /wuh-uhth/ homonym and homophone with foot
  78. fruit = wəwəəθ /wuh-wuh-uhth/
  79. who = wəyə /wuh-yuh/
  80. leg = wəyəθ /wuh-yuhth/
  81. when = wəyəm /wuh-yuhm/ 
  82. what = wəyəθ /wuh-yuhth/
  83. where = wəyəwə /wuh-yuh-wuh/
  84. how = yəw /yoh/
  85. horn = yəwm /yohm/
  86. he = yə /yuh/ 
  87. hand = yəmθ /yuhmth/
  88. knee = yəməə /yuh-muh-uh/
  89. Man (human being) = yəməm /yuh-muhm/
  90. hair = yəəw /yuh-oh/
  91. heart = yəəwθ /yuh-ohth/
  92. head = yəθ /yuhth/ homonym and homophone with this
  93. this = yəθ /yuhth/ homonym and homophone with head
  94. man (adult male) = yəθməm /yuhth-muhm/  
  95. guts = yəθ /yuhth/
  96. blow = yəθəw /yuh-thoh/
  97. husband = yəθwəmθ /yuhth-wuhmth/
  98. you (singular) = yəə /yuh-uh/
  99. you (plural) = yəə əww /yuh-uh oh/ for three or more
  100. you (plural) = yəə θwə /yuh-uh thwuh/ for two
  101. here = yəwə /yuh-wuh/
  102. grass = yəwəθ /yuh-wuhth/
  103. heavy = yəwəyə /yuh-wuh-yuh/
DeRamosh is obviously a work in progress.
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