Konkow is a poly-synthetic language.

This means it has many different parts that when put together form a new meaning.

The dispersed community that shares interest in this language has many parts with differing connections to it.

A coming together of these many parts would create new meaning for the language.

mysemsa they
jamanmantona: from all the mountains around
wi:tammoton came together

Hover over the words above to reveal the meaning of each word.
In the following sentence each morpheme (segment or component) is identified.

-pronoun root-
3rd person
se-suffix-
plural
m-subject-
sa-subject extender-
jàman-noun root-
mountain
mán-redupCVC-
(many mountains)
to-plural subject-
nà:-noun end-
locational/
directional
away.from
wí:-verb root-
several.go
taauxilary
mmoto-verb end-
locational/
directional
move.together
n-verb.final-

They came together from all the mountains around.
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sounds of konkow
sounds not in english
b (imploded)
salt
d (imploded)
man or person
májdy
p' (glottalized)
feather
p'ó:t'i
t' (glottalized)
bring something
t'óje
c' (glottalized)
rib
c’íc’i
k' (glottalized)
roundhouse
k’úmi
consonants
p 'pet'
food, anything you eat
péky
t 'tent'
child or son
tútu
k 'kept'
garden, meadow
kójo:
s 'said'
sing
solim
h 'help'
above, up above
hípindi
m 'make'
water
mómi
n 'need'
all by myself
nímwete
l 'lay'
boy
kóleh
w 'when'
It’s medicine.
wénnem
j 'yay'
young man
jémpo:
vowels
i 'key'
all by yourself
mínwete
y ''
and
ʔàkym
u 'bamboo'
acorn
ʔú:ti
e 'hay'
black
ʔémuli
ǝ 'alone'
pine burr
kə́lkəli
o 'snow'
coyote
héno
a 'rah'
fire
sound modifiers
: ''
snow
kó:
ʔ 'uhʔoh'
enemy
k’ójo:
é 'primary'
river
séwi
è 'secondary'
cricket
c'ýk'èti
glossary of terms
affix
: word component that is added to a root or stem in various positions
noun
: a person, place, or thing
object
: sentence part that identifies who/what the action is effecting
participle
: an adjective or complement to auxiliaries that is derived from a verb referring to participation in the action or state of the verb.
postfix
: a word component that comes after other suffixes
prefix
: a word component that comes before the root or stem
preposition
: a class of words forming a phrase that modifies verbs, nouns or adjectives, which expresses a spatial, temporal or other relationship to the term it modifies.
subject
: the actor in a sentence
suffix
: a word component that comes after the stem
verb
: an action word