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Laala Laala

Laala is constructed language devised by Simon Ager, the creator of Omniglot, who was inspired to try creating a language after attending the Language Creation Conference in Horsham in 2015. The aim was to create a minimalist language with words based on sound symbolism and onomatopoeia as much as possible. The name Laala means 'speak speak' or 'talk talk'.

Phonology (Felazeze)

The sound system is somewhat reminiscent of Bantu languages such as Zulu, though without the clicks. Stress is usually on the first syllable, with secondary stress on other syllables with long vowels. Some expressions are distinguished by tone, e.g. m da (rising tone) = please, m da (falling tone) = thank you.

Laala alphabet (Abudu Laala)

Laala can be written with the alphabet below, which was created by Simon Ager, or with the Latin alphabet.

Notable features

Laala alphabet

Hear the Laala alphabet

Laala pronunciation (Fuwulazeze Laala)

Laala pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Laala (includes the alphabet, phrases, numbers and a word list)

Grammar (Fuwulalazeze)

Laala is mainly an isolating language in which the role of words in a sentence is determined by their position. The word order is Verb Subject Object (VSO). For example, Ta do da = I see you / Hello ("See I you"), La do Laala = I speak Laala.

Tenses can be indicated with soni (now) for the present, and sone (then) for the past, and sozi for the future. For example, La do Laala = I speak Laala, La do Laala soni = I am speaking Laala, La do Laala sone = I spoke Laala, La do Laala sozi = I will speak Laala. Verbs do not conjugate for person, tense or number.

Negatives are formed with na, e.g. Ta do da = I see you, Ta do na da = I don't see you.

Pronouns (Ladulaki)

do I, me, my, mine
da you (sg), your, yours
de he, him, his
di she, her, hers
du it, its, one
dodo we, us, our
dada you (pl), your, yours
dudu they, them, their

Question words (Walaki)

wa what
wafoha why (what reason)
wazeze how (what way)
wani where (what place)
waladu who (what person)
waso when (what time)
wadu which (what thing)

Morphology / Word formation (Felakizeze)

There are 90 basic words, which are all single syllables. For example, sa = sun, si = moon, so = time, zi = come, ze = go. They can be combined together to form other words, e.g. sosa = day (time sun), sosi = night (time moon), zizesa = year (come go sun), and zizesi = month (come go moon).

Sample text in Laala

Sample text in Laala

Transliteration

Zizo kaki ladu wu fofekaki wo gegi, wo pa dudu fozomm wo fozodu. Pa dudu foha wo fota, wo m dudu zo m wuwu.

Hear a recording of this text by Simon Ager

Translation

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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Information about Laala | Phrases | Numbers | Family words | Time

Constructed scripts by Simon Ager

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