> From: The RipperDoc > > Hello! > Do you have any links to some lexicon that holds all basic, human words, > like eat, walk, etc? Not just a lexicon of roots, but a lexicon > of the most > basic words of humankind. It would be very useful for my conlang, > so I could > compare the lexicons. There certainly are a good number of possible lists to choose from, the Swadesh Lists come to mind, but I would be wary of doing so. One has to be careful not to merely provide one-for-one glosses for a list of English words in order to avoid a relexification of English semantics. A very early attempt to do this for my conlang, amman iar, yielded very poor results. What I opted for instead was to use a large number of good language dictionaries that provided not just single word glosses, but real definitions that exposed the semantic relationships realized in each language. When I needed a new word for any particular concept, I would explore these semantic relationships and select/create new ones for amman iar. In this way the semantic net of amman iar became unlike that of any natlang and in particular, unlike that of English. This is a far more time-consuming approach, but in the end yields far more satisfactory results. Stay curious, David David E. Bell The Gray Wizard [log in to unmask] www.graywizard.net AIM: GraWzrd Wisdom begins in wonder.