Latejami (natively [laˈted͡ʒami]; 'speech-system') is an engineered language intended as a speakable machine-translation interlanguage. It was developed by Rick Morneau in his 1995 paper The Lexical Semantics of a Machine Translation Interlingua, and developed over a number of years under different names, including Nasendi, Katanda, Ladekwa and Latenkwa.
Phonology and orthography
Latejami has 26 phonemes: 21 consonants and five vowels.
|Plosive||p b||t d||t͡ʃ d͡ʒ||k g|
|Fricative||f v||s z||ʃ ʒ||h~ʔ~x|
/r/ may be realized as any rhotic, and /h/ may be realized "as a glottal stop or as any unvoiced velar, uvular, pharyngeal, or glottal fricative."
Three phonetic diphthongs are present: /aj aw oj/. They are treated as vowel-semivowel sequences and spelled ⟨ay aw oy⟩.
(Differences from the IPA are highlighted.)
Proper names, etc.
Tense, aspect and modality
Literalness and metaphor
- Stress placement in Latejami depends on word-internal syntax. Here stress goes on the syllable te because te is a Modifier morpheme.
Morneau, R. 2007. The Lexical Semantics of a Machine Translation Interlingua. Accessed from http://www.rickmor.x10.mx/lexical_semantics.html (19 June 2021).