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Siyo!
Ihekwike Peter Clark: How does your conlang handle
taste
> (since we just got done
> with a thread on color)?
Ah, good question!  Kayasanoda has eight verbal forms
for "to taste --".  The verbal form for "to taste" is
literally "tongue.touch".  This is followed by one of
eight roots (I'm not going to pull up my K-da words
for this one):
sweet: tongue.touch.sugar
salty: tongue.touch.salt
sour: tongue.touch.strawberry
bitter: tongue.touch.green.nut
rich: tongue.touch.honey
bland: tongue.touch.potato
bittersweet: tongue.touch.chocolate
savory: tongue.touch.meat

I came up with these eight because this is generally
the way I think of taste.  Of course, there are other
flavours, but these would be phrased differently--the
thing it tastes like would be the object with the
proper case at the end (though, to be honest, I
haven't thought which would be most appropriate).

And I have omissions I would love to have
included--metallic, spicy, etc.  They may come
eventually, but you have to start out with some
restraint.

(I hate it in English when someone says, "Careful,
that food is hot!" and you don't know if they mean
it's spicy or it's hot.  And some people say things
like "hot hot" or "oven hot" to distinguish it from
"spice hot" or "pepper hot" or whatever)

Dana
Clint

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