Re: Size of your dictionary
|From:||James Hopkins <espero9@...>|
|Date:||Monday, April 6, 2009, 8:23|
This has always been a difficult question to answer for Itlani. The lexicon
is arranged as a bilingual dictionary on Excel.
There are presently 13111 entries. This includes, names, geographical
features, affixes etc. As Itlani uses compound words and is primarily
aggluntinative most words are not roots but derived.
There are multiple entries so that an English speaking student of Itlani can
find an English equavalent or equivalents for every English word listed. Ex:
honesty - aán
integrity - aán
uprightness - aán
The Itlani see all these concepts as one. So in the Itlani-English side you
aán - honesty
aán - integrity
aán - uprightness
I have yet to calculate the number of Itlani roots in the lexicon.
Iíd ishi zaradizhe disueshkit latsag resh ta Itlanit sholey onyava. Ta
gadansál kiinizhe zarsholit gadansál nulakivit Ekselilu onyara.
Tsorni onyaren 13111 dinifelivenú. Lugavyiren, ta mishtaratú, ta birnirit
dlinú, gadanit teynifelenú, via. Var ta Itlanit shól ta loshafit gadanovó
igüayara vey oyanamizhe iglaatsit onyara ta archád ta gadanú ravangadanú
ruzayizhe sitagivit onyaren.
In a message dated 4/6/2009 3:59:35 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
2009/4/3 Daniel Bowman <danny.c.bowman@...>
> Hello all-
> How many words does your conlang(s) have? I realize that this might be a
> tricky question to answer depending on how you define "word."
I used to work on a personal language of sorts, 'õSet'akhtü Njèènshwajgarr,
where I reached about 500 words. It was a rather experimental language, just
trying out some stuff before I ever discovered linguistics and universals
and the like. The result is rather unnatural, and when I realized that, I
kind of abandoned the language.
My other conlangs are made for use in stories I write, and some of them have
a lexicon of exactly one proper name -- the name of a character. The more
quantitive languages reach maybe in the hundred.
If you want to see big numbers, ask me for the number of languages I have.
Also, how do you keep your dictionary organized? I wrote an excel macro
> that allows me to enter words and also search by word, grammatical type,
> English keyword. I can make it available if other people want to use it,
> but it may be a while-it's not working correctly yet!
Usually, I have a handwritten list of words, listen in the order I have
invented them in. Now and then I copy them to something computerized,
ordening them as I do so. Up to now, I have always used MS Word, but one day
I decided I would use more advanced stuff -- for automatic ordening and the
like. Since then, I have computerized absolutely nothing, as those more
advanced methods I was envisaging also need more time to set up -- and time
is a commodity I don't have much to spare of.
Migh foghgl adzankh edung, vonglerung.
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