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Re: Conlang book?

Date:Sunday, March 11, 2001, 13:42
In a message dated 3/10/01 12:02:29 AM, LISTSERV@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU writes:

>It's not that I don't want to do it - in fact I want to do it very >much - but would it be possible to see an example of what someone has >already done? I'm very bad at writing "basic summaries" and "short >overviews" from scratch, and I don't know what exactly should go into >a "description of the morphology".
I've made an outline which you could base yours on, with modifications, if you want. It's at There is also a progress chart at I will e-mail you a grammar which has already been written, so you have an example.
>Also, how long should a sample of text be, and how short is a short >lexicon? I have about 1800 different words, not counting obvious >compounds, and it's hard to choose a representative selection.
For the sample of text, a few sentences is what I had in mind, though you can use whatever size seems best. For the lexicon, I only meant it to be a sample of a few basic words, maybe 200 at most; if you want I'll send you a list of English words and you can provide the translations.
>And how many words/pages do you expect the whole of it to be?
I would guess it will be around 200-300 pages (trade paperback size), since some of the grammars are long.