Saturday, November 14, 2009

Next 25 Words of 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 þ θ w y m.

ə = All vowels are schwas.
þ = Plosives are rarely used (only for curse words); spit.
θ = th sound.
w = w sound.
y = consonant-y sound.
m = m sound.
No hard consonants, like k.

Without further ado, the next 25 words:

  1. five = θəwwə /thoh-wuh/
  2. big = wəwyə /woh-yuh/
  3. long = wəmyə /wuhm-yuh/
  4. wide = wəθə /wuhth-uh/
  5. thick = θəθə /thuh-thuh/
  6. heavy = yəwəyə /yuh-wuh-yuh/
  7. small = θəww /thoh/
  8. short = θəyəwθ /thuh-yohth/
  9. narrow = məwwəw /moh-woh/
  10. thin = θəm /thuhm/
  11. woman = wəməm /wuh-muhm/
  12. man (adult male) = yəθməm /yuhth-muhm/
  13. Man (human being) = yəməm /yuh-muhm/
  14. child = θəwθməm /thohth-muhm/
  15. wife = wəθ /wuhth/
  16. husband = yəθwəmθ /yuhth-wuhmth/
  17. mother = məθəw /muhth-oh/
  18. father = θəθəw /thuhth-oh/
  19. animal = əməməw /uhm-uhm-oh/
  20. fish = θəθəθ /thuh-thuth/
  21. bird = əwəəm /uh-wuh-uhm/
  22. dog = θəməm /thuh-muhm/
  23. louse = wəwθ /wohth/
  24. snake = θəwθəmθ /thoh-thumth/
  25. worm = wəwm /wohm/

Here are the 53 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. narrow = məwwəw /moh-woh/
  2. many = məməyə /muh-muh-yuh/
  3. not = məθ /muhth/
  4. mother = məθəw /muhth-oh/
  5. all = əww /oh/
  6. few = θəw /thoh/ homophone with small
  7. small = θəww /thoh/ homophone with few
  8. five = θəwwə /thoh-wuh/
  9. child = θəwθməm /thohth-muhm/
  10. snake = θəwθəmθ /thoh-thumth/
  11. she = θə /thuh/
  12. thin = θəm /thuhm/
  13. some = θəmə /thuh-muh/
  14. dog = θəməm /thuh-muhm/
  15. four = θəəw /thuh-oh/
  16. that = θəθ /thuhth/ 
  17. father = θəθəw /thuhth-oh/
  18. thick = θəθə /thuh-thuh/
  19. fish = θəθəθ /thuh-thuth/
  20. there = θəwə /thuh-wuh/ 
  21. short = θəyəwθ /thuh-yohth/ 
  22. they = θəyə /thuh-yuh/
  23. two = θwə /thwuh/
  24. three = θwəə /thwuh-uh/
  25. one = əm /uhm/
  26. animal = əməməw /uhm-uhm-oh/
  27. it = əθ /uhth/
  28. other = əθəw /uh-thoh/
  29. bird = əwəəm /uh-wuh-uhm/
  30. I = əyə /uh-yuh/
  31. worm = wəwm /wohm/
  32. louse = wəwθ /wohth/
  33. big = wəwyə /woh-yuh/
  34. we = wə /wuh/ 
  35. woman = wəməm /wuh-muhm/
  36. long = wəmyə /wuhm-yuh/
  37. wife = wəθ /wuhth/
  38. wide = wəθə /wuhth-uh/
  39. who = wəyə /wuh-yuh/
  40. when = wəyəm /wuh-yuhm/ 
  41. what = wəyəθ /wuh-yuhth/
  42. where = wəyəwə /wuh-yuh-wuh/
  43. how = yəw /yoh/
  44. he = yə /yuh/
  45. Man (human being) = yəməm /yuh-muhm/
  46. this = yəθ /yuhth/ 
  47. man (adult male) = yəθməm /yuhth-muhm/ 
  48. husband = yəθwəmθ /yuhth-wuhmth/
  49. you (singular) = yəə /yuh-uh/
  50. you (plural) = yəə əww /yuh-uh oh/ for three or more
  51. you (plural) = yəə θwə /yuh-uh thwuh/ for two
  52. here = yəwə /yuh-wuh/
  53. heavy = yəwəyə /yuh-wuh-yuh/
DeRamosh is obviously a work in progress.

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