Lexember Day 22

tapyes- /taˈpjes/ v. overflow, flood (from ta- "big" + pyes "flow") tapyesan /ta.pjeˈsan/ n. flood; destruction dut /ɗut/ v. be murky, unclear (applies only to water, ideas and emotions)

Lexember Day 21

k'yop- /k'jop/ v. insert; stick something into; penetrate pyest'a /ˈpjes.t'a/ v. pour out; empty k'ak'yopetl' /k'a.k'joˈpet͡ɬ'/ n. man, derogitory; penis, vulgar; prostitute k'yopk'utl' /ˈk'jop.k'ut͡ɬ'/ n.woman, derogitory; vagina, vulgar; prostitute ek'yopin /e.k'joˈpin/ n. penis tlak'yopin /t͡ɬa.k'joˈpin/ n. vagina

Lexember Day 20

-teu /teˈu/ n. nose, inherently possessed; before, in front hyawus- /hjaˈwus/ v. smell, sniff. This is a modified version of the verb hyus "inhale" that has an augmentative infix that changes the verb into a more dynamic form. baahuulh /ɓaːˈhuːɬ/ n. elephant tsitsilh /t͡siˈt͡siɬ/ mouse; rat

Lexember Day 19

It's food time. waagutl' /ˈwaː.gut͡ɬ'/ n. grain; corn. The T'unassan speakers grow a swamp-loving grain similar to rice, but with larger kernels like corn. It is given the high animate noun class because of its significance in T'unassan speaker's lives. tlalhelh /t͡ɬaˈɬeɬ/ n. tuber, yam. Another staple of their diet, but more common in eastern... Continue Reading →

Lexember Day 18

kas /kas/ v. to land, dock; hitch, secure; tie something to something; bind kastlan /ˈkas.t͡ɬan/ n. landing, dock wiyatl' /wiˈjat͡ɬ'/ n. canoe; flat-bottom riverboat (lit. swimmer). Interesting cultural note: the speakers of T'unassan use the grammatical category normally reserved for humans and higher animates when referring to their boats.  A human swimmer would be specified... Continue Reading →

Lexember Day 17

tonglha /ˈtoŋ.ɬa/ n. earth; dirt; soil tongtx'a- /ˈtoŋ.t͡ʃ'a/ v. to be strong, to be bulky, to be solid -txaal /t͡ʃaːl/ n. elbow, crux, corner; inherently possessed tongtxaalin /toŋ.t͡ʃaːˈlin/ n. cliff, edge aatonglha /aː.ˈtoŋ.ɬa/ n. shore; beach (lit. water-earth)

Lexember Day 16

A translation and some new words If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. - Konpyuxis (Confucius) Tl'itluutxi batsaakame silhiki, tl'ibwi tlabwimi; /t͡ɬ'i.t͡ɬuːˈt͡ʃi ɓaˈt͡saː.ka.me si.ɬiˈki t͡ɬ'iˈbwi t͡ɬa.bwiˈmi/ tl'-i-tluu-txi ba-tsaaka-me si-lhiki, tl'-i-bwi tlabwi-mi 2S.ERG-3S.ABS-think-SBJV. ABL-year-INDF 3POSS-opinion,... Continue Reading →

Lexember Day 15

pyes /pjes/ v. flow, pour, drip epyesan /e.pjeˈsan/ n. time, a sequence of events, a series. The old plant modifier is used for long thin things, of which time considered to be. pyesayan /pje.saˈjan/ n. liquid; existence; time more abstractly tluu- /t͡ɬuː/ v. think; consider; understand tluussan /ˈt͡ɬuːs.san/ n. sentience; sensation waatluuin /waːˈt͡ɬuː.in/ n. thought;... Continue Reading →

Lexember Day 14

I have a root katl- for "red, to be red" but let's consider some other words for color tlayutskatl- /t͡ɬa.jutsˈkatl'/ v. to be pink, as in a sunset (lit. cloud-red) vew- /vew/ v. to be blue-green engalin /e.ŋaˈlin/ n. moss, lichen (lit. plant-fur) engalvew- /e.ŋalˈvew/ v. to be green, as in moss or lichen lhaw... Continue Reading →

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