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Re: Size of your dictionary

From:Roger Mills <romiltz@...>
Date:Friday, April 3, 2009, 22:37
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), the problem is that some entries can have several derived forms, many of which would be glossed with different Engl words. And then there are compounds, either included at main entry or defined separately but cross-ref'd to the individual components. The typical Kash adj/intr.verb can have up to 6 forms: base, nominal, 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 just a single form, but may take part in a compound. Prevli is similar-- (verb) base, nominal (patient/abstract, agent nomls. are rarer), incho., caus., reduplications, compounds
> > 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, and occasional examples/discussions of usage.