Friday, December 14, 2012

Kah Language

Mai ninku! Good morning! 

Kah is an artificial language which was designed to be very easy to learn, easy to master and easy to pronounce.
 Having taken a look at this interesting language I am not 100% in agreement that it is easy to learn but the basic grammar is easy enough.

Weka Kah si. I speak a little Kah.

 Here are the basic highlights of Kah:


Kah can be described rather quickly with the following list of features:


FeatureDescriptionExample
 SVOSubject precedes the verb precedes the objectHuan nenju shukiJuan     like  candy
Juan likes candy
N ModNouns are followed by their modifierssunda yam sun yebike     red  two that
those two red bikes
topicalizationConstituents which are the topic of the phrase are moved to the frontshuki Huan nenjucandy  juan   like 
it is candy Juan likes
pro-dropPronouns functioning as subject or object rarely are expressedjoknow  
I know
oligosyntheticThe lexicon consists of several hundred roots which form new words by compoundingne  +  ni  =  nenibird  +  vehicle  =  airplane
no inflectionWords have one form and take no morphemeskaiko - book, books
kaiko wi - 
many books
kaiko yem - three books 
serial verbsSubjects can have more than one verb with different objects each. yu za tuya tu sekishe take knife cut meat  
she cut the meat with a knife
Possd PossrPossessed items precede the possessor linked by a markerkwando na Huanschool   of  juan  
Juan's school
 The Kah website offers a 78 page of detailed grammar here.

Here is the Babel text in Kah:


Tau yula kwambe le yuka kwa 
Now the whole world had one language

ai aka nyoshi.
and a common speech.

Eta uyu nudora tinuno,
As men moved eastward,

henyun huan la Shinaran ai nudora lai.
they found a plain in Shinar and settled there

Yunyo ka noyom:
They said to each other:

'Lo, om jam duzu ai shanzu tuntu.'
'Come, let's make bricks and bake them thouroughly,'

Za duzu yompo adu, ai toisau yompo doshum.
They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.

Tai ka: 'Lo, om jando walonyo dola
Then they said: 'Come, let us build ourselves a city

ya le wendo ya deche tilan,
with a tower that reaches to the heavens,

eno jam walonyo senka
so that we make a name for ourselves

ai eno al nong membe wanyo
and not be scattered

tunu kuchi na yula kwambe,'
over the face of the whole earth,'

Esto Tifa vunu
But the Lord came down

eno yun dola ai wendo be uyu jando ya.
to see the city and the tower that the men were building.

Tifa ka: 'Tonto shi unyo kwa
The Lord said: 'If as one people

la kaza yuka kwashi,
speaking the same language

yunyo nuku jam awau,
they have begun to do this,

tontoye yayang be yunyo jankuren jam ya teneng tos yunyo.
then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.

Lo, om vunu ai moren yuka na yunyo.
Come, let us go down and confuse their language

eno nong denu jebo noyom,'
so they will not understand each other,'

Echu Tifa membe yunyo chu lai tunu yula kwambe,
So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth,

ai yunyo bas jando dola.
and they stopped building the city.

Amun chumunye en al kaka Babal --
That is why it was called Babel --

chumun lai Tifa moren yuka na yula kwambe.
because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world.

Chu lai Tifa membe yunyo tunu kuchi na yula kwambe.
From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

To me, Kah looks like a language which is totally unique, unlike Esperanto or Occidental which are based on Romance languages or Slovianto  which is based on Slavic languages. Kah looks like something Tribal Afrika, over all, I like Kah but I still don't know how "easy" it is to learn or how useful it will be.

However it is a fun language to look at and study simply for the fun and enjoyment of language.

 Om wayun (good bye)