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Re: Basic vocabulary when starting a conlang

From:bnathyuw <bnathyuw@...>
Date:Saturday, August 31, 2002, 16:39
 --- Roberto Suarez Soto <ask4it@...> 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. 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. >
not necessarily. if you have a conculture with either no sexes or more than two, then man and woman aren's useful concepts. bac isn't based on a conculture, but as i'm atheist it doesn't have a word for god ( it borrows specific religions' terms when it needs to refer to their deities, and would probably nick the latin |deo| if referring to the western concept of god ) then you have to choose whether to keep the three cardinal pronouns . . . ebisedian i know doesn't distinguish classic 2nd and 3rd bn ===== bnathyuw | landan | arR stamp the sunshine out | angelfish your tears came like anaesthesia | phèdre __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts


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