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Re: Size of your dictionary

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Saturday, April 4, 2009, 3:45
Daniel Bowman wrote:
> 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." > > Angosey currently has about 770. Maybe a quarter of these are "dead" words > that I don't really use from day to day. I've committed maybe half to > memory, although now that I'm keeping a diary, my memorization is lagging > behind. > > 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, and > 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! > > Danny
It's also a tricky question to answer for some of my languages due to the haphazard state of the documentation (e.g. Tirelat) or the tentative nature of many of the words. When I did the CALS pages for a few of my languages a while back, I settled on 1500 as an approximate vocabulary size for Tirelat and Minza. Jarda had slightly more, at around 1800 words. Not many of my languages have even reached 1000 words -- Yasaro, at the time I did the CALS page for it, had only 100 words. I just have a big Word document with my vocabulary organized by category (e.g., animals, plants, containers, musical instruments, colors). All the roots are delimited by square brackets, so I can take the whole vocabulary section and sort it alphabetically for a Minza-English dictionary. I use bold face to keep track of which words have entries in the English-Minza dictionary. I've been working on converting the Tirelat documentation to this format, but for the most part I just use the search functions to find Tirelat words.