Some basic vocabulary (Z’aveq part 3)

Here we are going to list a handful of basic vocabulary items, which will allow us to create Z’aveq example sentences without having to create new vocabulary items in the process. Some of these words may eventually be superseded in the future, but you should expect most of them to stick around.

First off, we have the word bi’s. This is a common noun meaning “hand”, which may eventually be extended (or derived from) to generate a word for “arm” and possibly “finger”. Whatever consonant or other phonological element triggered the accent is long gone (read “still undefined”), but the presence of any accent at all indicates that the word was once polysyllabic. As derived terms come to light, it will hopefully become clearer where the original second (and perhaps third) syllables stood.

Another word that will be useful here is vuq’a, meaning “person”. If this language ends up being spoken by aliens, it will prototypically refer to a member of the race that speaks this language, but it can also be used to refer to humans as well.

Take’h means something like “village”, that is, a fairly small settlement with limited infrastructure. A more precise definition will probably be forthcoming in a later post, as it will depend heavily on the cultural context of this language.

Relatedly, ko’ref means “house”, often simply in the sense of “building”. The is a very generic word, and it should not be assumed to be restricted to the single family homes that the word “house” brings to mind for many.

The verb “to make, construct” is lu’g, which is also a fairly common word. It would probably not be used in the sense of English “do”, although it is still TBD how that would be translated.

Finally. the verb “to eat” is r’etu. Nothing special to be said here.

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