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Re: Oligosynthesis

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Friday, February 3, 2006, 16:08
On 2/3/06, 轡虫 <snapping.dragon@...> wrote:
> I'm about to sketch out the basic morphology of a language that I'm > working on for a friend who writes fantasy stories, and I thought it > would be the perfect opportunity to play with oligosynthesis. > > I don't really know where to start as far as researching to get a good > idea of what would make good roots and affixes, though. Does anyone > have any suggestions?
You might look at this: It seems to be a theory listing a set of basic concepts in terms of which all other concepts should be definable. Toki Pona is an oligo-isolating language; you might look at its list of words and the way it uses phrases (or compounds, depending on one's analysis) to express more complex ideas. For derivation possibilities, see Gary Shannon's list of derivation functions: -- Jim Henry