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Re: Worthwhile Engelang Goal

From:David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 7, 2005, 7:48
Henrik wrote:
I should've only used the random generator. :-)

The problem was that when I did that to decide the words for

    'man' and 'woman'

(I chose them by random in that order) the two results were

    'il' and 'la'.

No-one would've believed they were randomised, so I started
constructing bias-free words...

Ha!  That's a hoot!  My problem with random word generators
is that if I try to be strict about it (I tell myself, "Okay, no matter
*what* the next form is, it's going to be the word for "water"),
the results are always less than desirable.  I think I remember I
tried this with "water" for Gweydr, and I came up with something


That's a possible Gweydr word, but I just *hate* it!  And until
someone's life depends on my lexical choices, I'm not willing to
let such a word into my language--at least not for "water".

By the way, I've looked over everyone's posts regarding sound
symbolism with interest.  Keep them coming!

"A male love inevivi i'ala'i oku i ue pokulu'ume o heki a."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison


Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>