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Vuyamu is a constructed language (conlang). It's a taxonomic philosophical language - the first sound in a word gives an indication of its meaning. For instance, words that have to do with location in space or time generally start with k, g, or h. The classification is not as systematic or precise as that of other taxonomic languages, because of the limited number of sounds.
It's also an oligosynthetic language - all expressions in Vuyamu are made by putting together a very small number of roots. The word Vuyamu, for example, is made up of the roots vu (way), ya (speaking), and mu (this). One interpretation of the language's name is "the way I'm speaking right now."
This is the only page that's in both English and Vuyamu, besides the sample text - I did the translation just to give an initial glimpse of what the language looks like. The sample text is longer and fully glossed.
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Vuyamu pa vuya xo se ja (vuyaxoja). Tame pa vuya bupeye vucayivi - diloza ve yavi xabula wuwobe yeke yavi. Vixabula pa tamu: yavi xo yeke vuhira cu kaku mume kako, viwube diloza pa k, g, mume h. Vu yivi wo jivuca, wo catiwobe wufe vuya vucayivi fi, taxe pa wuwobe diloya ka.
Pahi tame pa vuya xahiwuwobe - wubeyavi mo Vuyamu xoja vu pa xahi wuwobe yavixe. Vixabula pa tamu: yavi Vuyamu xoja vu pa xahi zu yavixe vu, ya, mu. Za vuye xo yavi mu pa "vu xo seya ya komu."
Xirasisu mu wofi xoja vuya Yi-no-la-no pahi Vuyamu, wo ya wubeyavi vixabula - seya xuvuya yexe pa xa sebula bulavi vuya mu. Wubeyavi vixabula betewi, tame ji yaxayi yavima.