The Language You Use Determines What You Can Think

The ODODU Language

The  Ododu  Language

Ododu is a derivational language that is continually evolving towards the goal of a universal language.  It is based on the assumption that the universe is comprised of conscious entities, like you and I, which communicate and interact with each other using many different languages, each of which is a partial reflection of an optimal universal language.  It is further assumed that the most fundamental concept in the universe, and the conscious entities and languages that comprise it, is the concept of relation.  This very general view of relation will be used to pragmatically build Ododu as a language that will continually change through its use as it steadily approaches the goal of a universal language.

Ododu will use the letters of the Roman alphabet and the digits 0, 1, 2, and 3.  There will be eight vowels designated by the letters U, I, E, A, O, Q, Y, and H.  The 16 letters, D, P, R, B, C, L, T, K, S, G, F, X, N, M, W, and Z, will be designated as consonants.  V and J will not be used as integral elements of Ododu but will serve as variables.  Unless specified otherwise V will denote a vowel and J will denote a consonant.  Vowels will be derived as relational constructs while consonants will signify universal and archetypal concepts.

All words will begin and end with vowels that will specify the grammar and syntax of Ododu.  The meaning of the words will be determined by the interior consonants and vowels.  These will be called the core of the word.  The sequence of letters in cores will alternate between consonants and vowels so that no consonant follows another consonant and no core vowel follows another core vowel.

Ododu will also contain a convention for using local, non universal and non archetypal concepts as names.  Names can be represented and used within the Ododu grammatical structure or they can be used as themselves in cases where their identity as names and their usage within the grammar are obvious and not ambiguous.

Ododu will evolve through a pragmatic process.  As new information, experience, and observations emerge pertaining to the derivational argument for any given word, the meaning of that word may change as a result of this new information.  When this occurs it may influence the meaning of some or all of the other words in the lexicon.  Thus Ododu will be continually changing as its lexicon changes but it will always stay internally consistent within that lexicon as it exists at any given time.

Finally Ododu will contain numbers and mathematics as fundamental components of language.  Mathematics will be viewed as integral to language and as evolving from the same creative process that generates language.  It cannot stand as a separate discipline or field of study but only exists within, and as a part of, language itself.

Each letter in Ododu will be assigned a fundamental archetypal meaning, a morpheme, that will be derived to the maximal extent possible from a symbolic form, a grapheme, which illustrates this meaning and how it might have evolved from the relational nature of the universe.  Each letter will also be associated with a unique phoneme that governs how it is pronounced and incorporated into a phonetic spoken language.

There are several different ways of presenting Ododu and I will offer two of them here.  Both will begin by using the four fundamental types of relation, self relation, linear relation, relational relation, and interrelational relation (see Relational Systems), as the first four Primary Vowels.  The simplest presentation is presented as follows.

Exemplify the first four Primary Vowels as:

Exemplify the next four Secondary Vowels as: 


In these choices the graphemes assigned to the vowel letter symbols actually do illustrate the relational nature of their respective morphemes.  This is described in more detail in  The Derivation of Archetypal Meaning in Ododu.

The sixteen consonants are then derived from an interaction between a Primary and a Secondary Vowel.  They can be represented diagrammatically as:

Thus the consonant D derives from an interaction between U and O.

The second presentation of Ododu again begins by using the four fundamental types of relation, self relation, linear relation, relational relation, and interrelational relation, as the first four Primary Vowel letter/concepts in Ododu.  This approach is as follows:

These first four vowels describe the relational or space-time framework of the universe from my personal perspective.  Now introduce the concept of distinction and consider the rest of the universe external to myself. I can describe this external universe in terms of the next four Secondary Vowel letter/concepts as:

These last four vowels describe the relational or space-time framework of the universe from an external perspective.  Thus the vowels can be viewed as describing a four dimensional personal space and a four dimensional external space, or who I am and how I view and interact with the rest of the universe.

These two sets of vowels are used to construct the consonants.  This is done in a manner similar to how events are described in general relativity theory.  Here the description of a space-time point as seen from two distinct reference frames in relative motion with respect to each other is expressed in terms of 16 relations or transformation functions.  These relate how each one of the four dimensional descriptors in one frame change with respect to changes in each one of the four dimensional descriptors in the other frame.  The same procedure is used to generate 16 consonants from the four primary vowels representing my (the observer's) perspective relative to the four secondary vowels representing your (the observed) perspective.  (See The Theoretical Foundations of Ododu for a more detailed explanation.)

This can again be represented diagrammatically as:


At this point all human experience is generalized into 16 archetypal concepts which are assigned to the 16 consonants defined above.  The generalizations and assignments seem arbitrary at first but since they are embedded within an experiential pragmatic methodology they will gradually change as a function of usage as they evolve towards towards the Universal Language. (See A Pragmatic Process for the Evolution of ODODU  for more discussion.) 

The completed alphabet, an illustration as to what each letter might mean as a morpheme when it is used in word construction, and a phoneme or guide to pronunciation, are presented below.



























self relation 

linear relation

relational relation 

interrelational relation






will, want







sign, word, symbol







covariance, communication


long u as in too or shoe

long i

long e

long a

long o


eh or yeh

ah or hah

du, as in do















zu, as in zoo

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Given the preceding derived and defined alphabet a procedure has been developed to use the alphabet to construct words.  This procedure is based on the fact that the vowels have been constructed as relational concepts whereas the consonants have been constructed as universal archetypal concepts representing our experience with the universe.  The vowels will be used to begin and end each word and these beginning and ending vowels will specify a grammar.  Thus the grammar will consist of 64 uniquely determined pairs of the eight vowels of ODODU as follows:



These 64 two vowel pairs will form the grammatical words of ODODU.  We can represent these 64 words with the symbol VV where each V stands for any one of the eight vowels.  In the first sections of the dictionaries words will be constructed by placing a consonant between the two vowels of the grammatical words.  This can be represented as VJV where the two Vs stand for vowels and the J can be any one of the 16 consonants.  The first vowel will determine the part of speech, noun, verb, modifier, etc. of the word.  The last vowel determines how the word is used in a sentence.  The meaning of the word is determined by the interior consonant, J,  which is defined as the core of the word.  In the future additional cores will be constructed by alternating consonants and vowels so that cores with only one letter will represent the most general concepts while cores with increasing numbers of letters will represent increasingly specific and detailed concepts.  This process can be codified with a number of general rules as follows:

All words begin and end with vowels.

All consonants are preceded and followed by vowels.

The lead vowel in a word specifies the part of speech which the word is.

The middle consonants and vowels indicate the meaning or idea of the word. This is defined as the core of the word.  The meaning of the core is derived from the meaning of its core consonants and vowels. 

The last vowel specifies how the word is to be used in a dialogue or communication.

The first vowel followed by a consonant classifies the word as follows:

U     noun

I      active verb

E     modifier, adjective or adverb

A     relational, pronoun, connective, preposition, etc.

O     noun representing idea or form

Q     progressive verb, form ending in ing

Y     number

H     interrelational or mathematical


The last vowel indicates how the word is used as follows.


UU     noun used as a subject

UI      noun used as a direct object

UE     noun used as an indirect object

UA     noun used to indicate possession or qualification

UO     plural noun used as a subject

UQ     plural noun used as a direct object

UY     plural noun used as an indirect object

UH     plural noun used to indicate possession or qualification


IU       infinitive verb, to be

II        present verb, is

IE       past verb, was

IA      future verb, will be

IO      perfect infinitive verb, to have been

IQ      present perfect verb, have been

IY      past perfect verb, has or had been

IH      future perfect verb, will have been


EU     adjective modifying noun or pronoun used as subject

EI      adjective modifying noun or pronoun used as object

EE     adjective modifying noun or pronoun used as indirect object

EA    adjective modifying noun or pronoun used as possessive

EO    adverb, modifying adjective

EQ    adverb modifying verb

EY    adverb modifying other adverb

EH    adverb modifying relational word


AU    singular perspective

AI     singular connective

AE    singular directive

AA    singular integrative

AO    plural perspective

AQ    plural connective

AY    plural directive

AH    plural integrative


OU    idea used as a subject

OI      idea used as a direct object

OE     idea used as an indirect object

OA     idea used to indicate possession or qualification

OO     plural of idea used as a subject

OQ     plural of idea used as a direct object

OY     plural of idea used as an indirect object

OH     plural of idea used to indicate possession or qualification


QU     progressive infinitive verb, to be being

QI      present progressive verb, is being

QE     past progressive verb, was being

QA     future progressive verb, will be being

QO     progressive perfect infinitive verb, to have been being

QQ     present progressive perfect verb, have been being

QY     past progressive perfect verb, has or had been being

QH     future progressive perfect verb, will have been being


YU     integer

YI      rational number, fraction

YE     real number, representable with exponents, logarithms,

YA     complex number

YO     number that uses zero as placeholder

YQ     negative number

YY     number expressed in base point notation with zero

YH     number that is a matrix or spinor


HU    abstract or mathematical concept used as a subject

HI      abstract or mathematical concept used as a direct object

HE     abstract or mathematical concept used as an indirect object

HA     abstract or mathematical concept used to indicate possession or qualification

HO     plural of abstract or mathematical concept used as a subject

HQ     plural of abstract or mathematical concept used as a direct object

HY     plural of abstract or mathematical concept used as an indirect object

HH     plural of abstract or mathematical concept used to indicate possession or qualification

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Words can now be constructed by combining meaning, as specified by cores consisting of one consonant or combinations of consonants and vowels, with grammatical and syntatical usage which is specified by the beginning and ending vowels of the word.  All of these meanings and usages will be derived from the relational nature of the ideas and concepts which the letters represent.


To illustrate how the consonants are incorporated into the grammar  The Grammar Dictionary contains all possible three letter (one consonant) words beginning with the vowels U, I, E, A, O, and Q and ending with any of the eight vowels U, I, E, A, O, Q, Y, and H.  These words all have the VJV format.  Words beginning with Y and H will be included in The Grammar Dictionary with U endings only as they either follow their own criteria, as is the case for numbers, or they will follow the conventions for nouns as is the case for mathematical words. Both will be discussed in detail in the mathematical section.  To illustrate the expanded grammar and how it combines with the 16 consonants all of the VJU words are presented below.  Note that only the three letter one consonant words ending in U are presented here.  The rest of the VJV words are listed in The Grammar Dictionary.

First the nouns, words beginning with the letter U.  These words have a UJU format:

UDU     consciousness

UPU      will, desire

URU      emotion, feeling

UBU      decision, choice, belief

UCU      body

ULU      action

UTU      sensation

UKU     creation

USU      sign, word, symbol

UGU     derivation, meaning

UFU      image

UXU      thought, idea

UNU     thing, system, perspective, particle

UMU     interaction

UWU     property, characteristic

UZU       covarinace, connection


The infinitive verb forms (format IJU) and their meanings for the sixteen consonants are:

IDU      to be

IPU       to want, to will

IRU       to feel, to love

IBU       to choose

ICU       to have, to exist physically, to be physically

ILU       to do

ITU       to sense

IKU      to create, to make

ISU       to speak, to name, to mark

IGU       to derive

IFU       to show, to reflect, to image

IXU       to think

INU       to place, to locate

IMU      to go, to interact, to force, to push or pull

IWU      to recognize, to characterize, to identify

IZU        to connect, to communicate covariantly

The modifiers begin with the letter E and follow the EJV format. If the ending vowels are U, I, E, or A then the word is an adjective (modifies nouns or pronouns).  If the ending vowels are O, Q, Y, or H then the word is an adverb (modifies a different adjective or a verb, other adverb or a relational). The U endings indicating adjectives are shown here.  A more detailed listing of the different forms of adjectives and adverbs can be found in  The Grammar Dictionary.

EDU      conscious

EPU      desirable

ERU      emotional

EBU      chosen, good

ECU      physical

ELU      action as adjective

ETU      sensory

EKU     creative

ESU      symbolic

EGU     meaningful

EFU      imaged

EXU     thoughtful

ENU     located

EMU     interactive

EWU    characteristic

EZU      covariant, connected


The relational words which begin with A and end with U are:

ADU     I

APU      you

ARU      third person (he, she, it)

ABU      who

ACU      and

ALU      or

ATU      implication

AKU      comparison

ASU       the

AGU      this

AFU       that

AXU      what

ANU      when

AMU     where

AWU     how

AZU      why


The nouns representing ideas, OJU format, are shown below:

ODU      the idea of consciousness used as a subject

OPU        the idea of will used as a subject

ORU        the idea of love used as a subject

OBU       the idea of choice used as a subject

OCU       the idea of body used as a subject

OLU        the idea of action used as a subject

OTU        the idea of sensation used as a subject

OKU        the idea of creation used as a subject

OSU        the idea of sign used as a subject

OGU       the idea of derivation used as a subject

OFU        the idea of image used as a subject

OXU       the idea of thought used as a subject

ONU       the idea of thing used as a subject

OMU       the idea of interaction used as a subject

OWU       the idea of property or characteristic used as a subject

OZU       the idea of connection or field used as a subject


The perfect verb forms (verbs ending in "ing"), with QJU format, are shown below:

QDU       to be being aware

QPU       to be wanting

QRU      to be loving

QBU      to be deciding

QCU      to be having

QLU      to be acting

QTU      to be sensing

QKU      to be making

QSU      to be speaking

QGU      to be deriving

QFU      to be picturing

QXU      to be thinking

QNU      to be locating

QMU      to be interacting

QWU      to be characterizing

QZU      to be connecting


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Numbers will be technically derived in a later mathematics section. The counting numbers or positive integers (words beginning with Y and ending with U, YJU format) are listed here. Note that the "first" number is a period and this stands for a basis point that specifies what kind of natural number system is being used. For example base ten is the system that is most commonly used but in Ododu base four and base sixteen systems are used most frequently.

Full        Shorthand                  Numeral                     Numeral

Name    Convention                 Base Ten                   Base Four

YDU           .                                  .                                    .

YPU            P                                1                                  1

YRU           R                                 2                                  2

YBU           B                                 3                                  3

YCU           C                                 4                                10

YLU            L                                 5                                11

YTU            T                                 6                                12

YKU           K                                 7                                13

YSU            S                                 8                               20

YGU           G                                 9                                21

YFU            F                                10                               22

YXU           X                                11                               23

YNU           N                                12                               30

YMU          M                                13                                31

YWU          W                               14                                32

YZU            Z                               15                                33


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The conceptually abstract or mathematical words which begin with H and end with U, HJU format, are:

HDU           point

HPU            line

HRU           surface

HBU           space, volume

HCU           set

HLU           equivalence relation

HTU           redundancy

HKU           combination/cancelation

HSU            set of relations

HGU            relational cross

HFU            relational mark

HXU            relational combination/cancelation

HNU            element of a set

HMU            association

HWU            intersection

HZU             union


Any word which begins or ends with a consonant is a name. Names are not derived as are ODODU words. Instead they are locally defined and hence their meaning is arbitrarily assigned. This meaning cannot be derived from the archetypal meanings of the names’ constituent letters. Any word containing a "v" or "j" is also a name as are words containing two or more consecutive consonants or two or more consecutive interior vowels.

All names are assumed to be nouns, either used as subjects in a sentence, or as identifiers in lists, titles, signage, or other uses not dependent on a grammar for understanding or interpretation. However, there are many times when it is desirable to use a name in a Ododu grammatical context. To do this begin the word with Y followed by the classifying vowel for noun, verb, modifier, etc.. Then insert the name and end the word with the final vowel that specifies usage (subject, tense, etc.). For example to use the English word "table" as a real noun serving as the subject of a sentence in Ododu you would write "yutableu".

The ability to use any word from any language within the ODODU grammar as a name allows for the inclusion of all the other languages within the ODODU paradigm.

The presentation of ODODU will be continued by using the grammar to create words for the initial eight concepts represented by the eight vowels.  This entails creating a new category of three letter words  for words containing only vowels.  Because of the uniqueness of the relational concepts, no all vowel word having more than three letters will be recognized as meaningful in ODODU.  The three vowel words can be represented as VVV where any of the Vs can be any of the eight defined vowels.  This contrasts with the VJV format used so far in which the first and last V are vowels but the center letter J is a consonant.  As was the case for the VJV words, the first and last V in a VVV word specifies the part of speech and how it would be used in a sentence as presented in the grammar.  The middle vowel will be the foundational concept as it was initially defined. Thus a foundational relational concept signified by a vowel could be used as a noun serving as a subject of a sentence by using;

UUU       self relation

UIU         linear relation

UEU        relational relation

UAU        interrelational relation

UOU        distinction

UQU        cross

UYU         name, mark

UHU         operation, interaction, interrelation


The IVU format verb forms are:

IUU       to self relate

IIU         to linearly relate

IEU        to relationally relate

IAU        to interrelationally relate

IOU        to make a distinction

IQU        to cross

IYU         to name, to mark

IHU         to operationally interact


The EVU format adjectives are:

EUU       self relational

EIU         linear relational

EEU        relational relational

EAU        interrelational relational

EOU        distinguished, bounded

EQU        crossed

EYU         named, marked

EHU         operational, interrelational


The AVU format relational forms are used  to include some of the most universally expressed concepts in language into single sound, single letter words.  These words will be used as the single vowel letters but their formal definition will be as follows: 

AUU         U;  hello

AIU           I;  me

AEU          E;  yes

AAU         A;  no

AOU         O;  other, outside of me, hence you or universe

AQU         Q;  cross, opposite, reflection 

AYU          Y,  name, mark

AHU          H,  question


The OVU format idea words are:

OUU       the idea of self relation

OIU         the idea of linear relation

OEU        the idea of relational relation

OAU        the idea of interrelational relation

OOU        the idea of distinction

OQU        the idea of cross

OYU         the idea of name, mark

OHU         the idea of operation, interaction, interrelation


The QVU format progressive verb forms are:

QUU       to be self relating

QIU         to be linearly relating

QEU        to be relationally relating

QAU        to be interrelationally relating

QOU        to be distinguishing

QQU        to be crossing

QYU         to be naming

QHU         to be operationally interacting


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While most of the grammatical forms of these words follows closely with what has been done previously with the consonant cores special note should be made for the following definitions concerning numbers and abstract concepts, words beginning with Y and H.  The YVU words (numbers) are;

YUU        . 

YIU          1   

YEU         2

YAU         3

YOU         0

YQU          -  negative number

YYU          i  square root of minus one

YHU          (     )   matrix


HUU           addition

HIU             division

HEU            multiplication

HAU            subtraction

HOU           association

HQU           equivalence relation

HYU           function

HHU           equation

 Additional discussions can be found in The Derivation of Numbers and Mathematics.

Consistent with the concept that the four fold relational nature of the universe should be fundamental to any language describing that universe, ODODU considers all core concepts to be four dimensional.  Thus each core concept itself is viewed as having four relational components or characteristics.  For example, the word UDU, which means consciousness, can be viewed as embodying the concepts of existence, experience, memory and life.  These are then viewed as relational characteristics or manifestations of consciousness and so are defined as extensions or dimensions of the core concept of consciousness.

These relational manifestations are incorporated into ODODU by adding a vowel to the one consonant J core, thereby generating four new cores of consonant-vowel, JV, form.  However, this core expansion is restricted to adding only one of the vowels U, I, E, or A, to a consonant core J.  Each of these four new expansion or dimensional cores illustrates some aspect of the original one consonant core.  The new consonant-vowel, JV (where V can only be one of U, I, E, or A),  core can then be inserted into the two vowel grammatical words in the same manner as was used to create the one consonant core words.  This generates a new class of VJVV format words.  It is important to stress that in a VJVV format the first and last vowel can be any of the eight vowels U, I, E, A, O, Q, Y, or H while the interior vowel following the consonant can only be one of the letters U, I, E, or A.  For the consciousness example just discussed they can be presented as;

UDU          consciousness

   UDUU    existence

   UDIU      experience

   UDEU     memory

   UDAU     life

In a similar manner more complex cores with VJVJV and VJVJVV formats and can be constructed, see   A Pragmatic Process for the Evolution of ODODU.  

A complete listing of all of the one consonant, one consonant-one vowel, and one vowel cores is contained in the The Core Concept Dictionary for all three and four letter words beginning with U, I, E, A, O, and Q and ending with the vowel U.  As cores with two consonants and one or two vowels are derived they will be added to this dictionary.

This page and its related links completes the presentation of ODODU as I understand it, and as this understanding exists today.  It will continue to change and evolve and as it does those changes will be documented in this site.

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