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Re: Semitic root word list?

From:JS Bangs <jaspax@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 9, 2007, 1:42
On 1/9/06, Kinetic <kinetic_wab@...> wrote:
> JS Bangs votuala: > > > I'm going to randomly generate root forms > > according to Anmurian rules to match the meanings. > > It's interesting how preferences differ, isn't it? I wouldn't dream of randomly > generating words, because I like my words to feel right for their meanings. > OTOH, I can't explain /why/ certain words feel right and others don't... I just > know when they do.
This is actually how I operate for my "primary" conlang, Yivrian. The only motive for doing Anmur this way is that Anmur is a language with a limited scope for which I need to derive a lot of roots very quickly so that it's ready for the translation relay. I tried randomly deriving words for Yivrian, and they never worked out.
> Sometimes when I'm translating something and I'm short on patience or > time, I'll settle for a word that doesn't feel right. A few such words get used > enough that I end up becoming familiar with them and they become > "standard", but the majority of words I create in this way don't survive past > that first usage and subsequently get replaced. Does anyone else do > things that way?
Yes, that's quite similar to my usual method. OTOH now that I have dictionary database for Yivrian, I rarely lose words, even if they don't quite feel "right". -- JS Bangs "amazing grace it sounds like razors in my ears that bell's been ringing now for years someday i'll give it all away that's how you sing amazing grace." - Low