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Derivation of the Day: tëtúmot

For Kílta, tëtúmotsauce, via intensive reduplication of the verb tuëmopound, and the object noun suffix -ot.

Korka vë tëtúmot në kwilë chesëtin no.
(wal)nut ATTR sauce TOP too salty be.PFV
The walnut sauce is too salty.

Korka is by default a walnut, but is used in other nut terms generically.

Quantitative Verse References

Over time I've collected a few references to quantitative verse forms from different poetic traditions. The primary feature of these systems is that syllable weight is the defining measure of verse, rather than patterns of stress or syllable counting.
Greek VerseVedic Metre in its Historical DevelopmentPoetries in Contact: Arabic, Persian, and Urdu (this is great!)Somali Prosodic SystemsMetrical structure and sung rhythm of the Hausa RajazIntroduction to Tamil Prosody I'm sure there are some traditions I'm missing.
I've never successfully created a poetic system for one of my conlangs. Though Kílta has vowel length, it looks like syllable counting will be the way to go for it, but there are still plenty of experiments to work out.

Kílta

After several years of slow work, I think Kílta is far enough along that I don't mind other people seeing the documentation: Kílta (PDF via Dropbox).

The thing I'm most pleased with this is that the dictionary is so large, and has so many examples. I've been on a pro-examples kick for quite a few years, but this is the first language I've worked on where nearly every word has an example sentence, often more than one. As of the day I write this post, Kílta has:

1158 headwords166 sub-headwords (idioms, light verb constructions, etc.)1592 definitions on the above1924 examples for everything That said, there are still a handful of words I didn't bother to give examples to, but as I notice them and non-idiotic examples present themselves I'll add them. The main benefit to a good example is that it helps nail down the semantics more clearly. If I really cannot come up with an example that clarifies the meaning at least a little, I'm liable to skip it a bit, thoug…