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Multi-Language Dictionary [was: Return to the list ... request

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Friday, October 4, 2002, 21:04
David Peterson scripsit:
> > --part1_36.2e86a496.2acf566e_boundary > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII" > Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit > > Exponent wrote: > > <<You may or may not remember me:>> > > Hey, I remember you! You joined the list the same time I did. Welcome > back! ~:D > > The experience I've had with the Swadesh list and language creation is that > it's really not at all helpful. If you do want a full language, then you'll > eventually need to be able to express all those concepts that are on the > list, but to start from there isn't as helpful, I'd think. You know what > I've found to be surprisingly helpful? I have this book: The Concise > Dictionary of 26 Languages. It is what it says. The format, though, is > really neat. They start at "a" in English, and they list *concepts*, not > words, and give the equivalents in each of the 26 languages. (You need to > know a little something about the language, though, to know whether you're > getting an infinitive of a verb, a noun, a root, or whatever.) Anyway, I > think that this idea is extremely helpful, as you can just open up to a > random page (page 160), and look at the words ("mute", "mutual", "nail" [as > in finger or toe]), and see if your language has a word for it, or a way to > In fact, now that I'm thinking about it, for those who have mult > iple conlangs, wouldn't it be neat to creat this kind of a dictionary for all > your languages? HEY!!! That's a cool idea! I think I'll do it! ~:D
The Universal Language Dictionary provides these words and more in online form for four natlangs (English, German, Dutch, Italian) and three conlangs ( Esperanto, Novial, and Tsolyani). -- My confusion is rapidly waxing John Cowan For XML Schema's too taxing: I'd use DTDs If they had local trees -- I think I best switch to RELAX NG.