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From:Yahya Abdal-Aziz <yahya@...>
Date:Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 17:21
On Tue, 18 Apr 2006 Eldin_Raigmore wrote:
> I am thinking of using Polynesian, and certain Afro-Asiatic subfamilies > (including but not limited to Semitic), as "inspiration" for the > vocabulary/lexicon of a conlang of mine. > > What would you, or anyone else on list, recommend? > > Here's what I've found out so far: > > > looks like it could help with the Afro-Asiatic parts; but is it complete? > and is there a better one? or just a "complementary" one? > > I am not sure I have been able to find anything similar for the > Polynesian > languages. > Is > > good for this, or is it too massive or too general or too > not-yet-complete? > What about > > d_Australian/Oceanic_Languages/ > or > > d_Australian/Malayo,045Polynesian_Languages/ > ?
I take it you're after vocabulary and simple glosses only?
>From the latter link, I looked at Bhanot's Malay-English
Dictionary,, which is pretty good. Of course, the online version starts from the Malay, and you'd have to spend money to acquire the bidirectional version. I've used the Collin's Gem Dictionary for most of my Malay-English and English-Malay queries for decades - it's a small volume, but very good. The standard reference in Malaysia used to be Kamus Dewan (Bahasa Malaysia only) - a massive and scholarly work. For other Malayo-Polynesian languages, my vocabulary comes from a few publications (mostly school primers and phrase books, as well as news- papers and a dictionary for Kadazan) and from my own field-work on (Western) Cham in 1972.
> Thanks. > eldin
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