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Re: Size of your dictionary

From:Roger Mills <romiltz@...>
Date:Friday, April 3, 2009, 22:31
Daniel Bowman wrote:>
> How many words does your conlang(s) have?
According to "Properties" of the various files (no. of paragraphs)-- Bau Da Gwr-- approx. 1200 For Kash (~2320) and Prevli (~650), take into consideration that many entries can have several derived forms, many of which would be glossed with different Engl words. And then there are compounds, usually defined separately but cross-ref'd to the individual components. The typical Kash adj/intr.verb can have up to 7 forms: base, agent- and patient(~abstract) nominals, inchoative, causative, accidental; sometimes reduplications, which create a new base that can potentially have noml., incho., caus., accid. forms. Ditto for transitive verbs, though they usually lack a causative. Nouns tend to have only 1 form, unless there are irregularities, or they take part in compounds. See, if you wish, So the Kash dict. probably contains around 10,000 individual words. Hard to say how many base forms I have at the tip o'me tongue, maybe 10% ?? ...:-(( Prevli is similar: verbal base, nominal (patient/abstract; agent nomls. are rarer), incho., caus., reduplicated; plus realis and irrealis forms for each.
> > Also, how do you keep your dictionary organized?
Not being tech-savvy, I compose them like a regular dictionary: head entry: definition + derivatives (with definitions), compounds, colloquial forms if any, and occasional examples/discussions of usage/history.