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Re: Basic vocabulary when starting a conlang

From:Tim May <butsuri@...>
Date:Saturday, August 31, 2002, 13:38
Roberto Suarez Soto writes:
 >         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. There should also be a few
 > basic words, as: man, woman, child, life, death, sky, earth, water,
 > fire, god. And of course, the basic personal pronouns: I, you,
 > he/she/it, we, you, they.
 >         Of course, then there would be more specific or strange verbs,
 > nouns and pronouns depending on each culture/language. But I think a
 > basic list of these terms would be useful when starting a conlang (for
 > me, at least! :-)). Is there any of this already in the FAQ, or
 > somewhere else?

There have been vaurious attempts to create basic vocabulary lists for
conlanging. Personally I'm using Rick Harrison's Vital English

It's fairly anglocentric, though, despite the inclusion of kanji
data. But not a bad place to start from.  It might be a longer list
than you're looking for, of course.


Tim May <butsuri@...>
Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>