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Re: Keeping Track of Ambiguity in your Conlang?

From:Mau Rauszer <maurauser@...>
Date:Saturday, August 31, 2002, 4:54
Zesefde Amanda Babcock  <langs@...> ta 2002.08.30. her 10:03:46 -4h:

> Has anybody come up with a way of tracking accidental homonymy (due to > inflections or compounding) in their conlang, short of devising an > unambiguous scheme for its morphology? > > Making it guaranteed-unambiguous only works for really regular agglutinating > or isolating things, and I've always wanted to do something with lots of > fusion and internal inflection. I could accept a certain amount of > ambiguity > as naturalistic, but I'd want to keep it limited to a reasonable amount, as > well as come up with likely paraphrases that the speakers would use in place > of overly-ambiguous words. > > So I'd like to write something that would take the lexicon and apply > every valid transformation to every word, recursive to several levels, > and then find duplicates. Has anyone tried this before?
Well I usually divide homonyme derived words with a vowel lengthening (my primary derived words tend to be infixed) but I don't care about inflected homonymes. There ain't so much in LW yet that it's confusable. -- Mau Ábrahám Zsófia alias Mau Rauszer | | "Yú lawe ta mau taqe yibali amis qi ú neb dagu tawiy iq." -- Kipling