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The island name "Todos" is believed to stem from a protolanguage noun phrase "Tödö Shö" which meant both the underlying bedrock and substrate, but also a deity-like supernatural entity (The Underlying).

The protolanguage of Todos:


Stops: /p t d g/

Fricatives: /T S χ/ "th sh h"

Lateral: /L/ "l"

Nasals: "n ny ng"

Vowels: /i i: u u: e e: o o: ɔ ɔ: œ œ:/



Sample Sentences (to track change through dialects and families)

1) Thötün . nonon . Neny . œ . Thöt . nothing

Man . Plural . Diseased meat . by {modifier} . Cook-cooking

“Men cook bad meat.”

2) E . ngang . Ha ha . Nye . Ngang . Nonon . Ha nyi . Ngang . En . Nonon . E nyi . Ngang . Ha . Ngang . Ha . Hü

Q . boχ . {superior} POSS. . {subordinate marker} . Boχ . Plural . {inferior/subordinate} POSS. . Boχ . Empty . Plural . {subordinate} Q . boχ . POSS. Boχ . POSS. . Do-not

“Dœs the set of all sets which do not contain themselves contain itself or not?” -Russell’s Paradoχ.

3) P p . nɔntün! Nenulosœn . Hü ɔn. Na . œl œl . Ithiny.

Literal translation: “Oi, you! Sleep no-not you. For reason: snakes here&present.

Loose translation: “Don’t sleep! There are snakes.”

4) Mens’ . tattoos . are of . Knives.

Parsing: Thötün tün . unüning nonon . Shü . Polëng nonon

Men {mass plural} . Tattoo Plural . ? . Knife,dagger Plural

thötün tün shü ha ha . Unüning nonon shü ha nyi . Unün poleng nonon shü

Western dialect: thötün tün ha ha shü . Unüning nonon ha nyi (tün) shü . Unün poleng nonon shü

 


ïnïn = 1, stone

ïnɔn = 2, cove

ïnon = 3, pit, hole

nɔntün = you

ɔn = 2nd Person marker.

p_p_ = exclamation, attention-grabber.

Romanization uses both (χ) and (h) for /χ/

Thötün = man

χotün = woman

Gutün = child, infirm person

Etün = a dead person

Itün = dead people

-

Thëlün = land

Thön, œthön = moon

Ongthön = stars

Lun, lün = sky

Lösœn = eye

Nyeny = sun

önχön = ear

ënχön = nose

inχön = tongue

Ing = speaking

ün = drinkable water

Ɔneny = salt water, tainted water

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Thogony = edible part of a plant

Logony = inedible plant

Oënuny = armor, shell, skull

önguny = bones, internal shell

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Deleng = arboreal meat

Poleng = burrowing meat (land and sea)

tɔleng = running meats (land and sea)

œleng = slithering meats (snakes, eels, etc)

ïleng = swimming meats

Neny = diseased

Nenulösœn = sleep

Ulösœn = pretending to sleep

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Χü= do not

Χuχü = yes do

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