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".
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."