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Re: Basic vocabulary when starting a conlang

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Sunday, September 1, 2002, 5:05
Quoting Philip Newton <Philip.Newton@...>:

> On 31 Aug 02, at 15:23, Roberto Suarez Soto wrote: > > > What do you think is the basic vocabulary to start a conlang? > > > > I was thinking that there are a few verbs that, because of its > > everyday use or significance, should be the first to be "created": to > > be, to have, to live, to die, to go, to come. > > Careful there. Some of those high-frequency verbs are used in special > ways in English and related languages which you may or may not wish to > duplicate. For example, there are a number of languages which need no > copula (so "I doctor" means "I *am* a doctor"), so "to be" is not > necessarily universal.
Although many/most languages do have some verb "to exist", so "be" is still relevant there. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier Dept. of Linguistics "Nihil magis praestandum est quam ne pecorum ritu University of Chicago sequamur antecedentium gregem, pergentes non qua 1010 E. 59th Street eundum est, sed qua itur." -- Seneca Chicago, IL 60637