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Using word generators (was Re: Semitic root word list?)

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 9, 2007, 12:24

On Mon, 9 Jan 2006 22:01:35 -0000, Kinetic wrote:

> JS Bangs votuala: > > > I'm going to randomly generate root forms > > according to Anmurian rules to match the meanings. > > It's interesting how preferences differ, isn't it? I wouldn't dream of > randomly > generating words, because I like my words to feel right for their meanings. > OTOH, I can't explain /why/ certain words feel right and others don't... I > just > know when they do.
It's the same to me. I can't really tell what it is, but the words must feel *right* to me, and that's the reason why I don't use random word generators.
> Sometimes when I'm translating something and I'm short on patience or > time, I'll settle for a word that doesn't feel right. A few such words get > used > enough that I end up becoming familiar with them and they become > "standard", but the majority of words I create in this way don't survive > past > that first usage and subsequently get replaced. Does anyone else do > things that way?
Yes, it is the same to me. Many ad-hoc words I created for relay texts and similar purposes don't survive long, and are eventually replaced by better thought-of words. Some, however, survive. Greetings, Jörg.


David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>