On Sat, 27 Dec 2003 22:06:05 -0500, Robert Jung <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > Hi all, > > How many root concepts would one need for a functional > three-consonantal-root, Arabic-ish (or Hebrew-ish etc.), usable conlang? > I think it'd be cool to create such a lang, but I dunno where to start... Well, "Reconstructing Proto-Afroasiatic" (PAA being ancestor of Proto-Semitic) lists slightly over a thousand *bi*consonantal roots (using the basic five vowels, short and long; two or three tones, and forty-something consonants), from which the familiar Semitic triconsonantal roots were derived through various processes (most of the PAA consonants could be used as derivational morphemes). How many roots you *need*, now that depends on how rich a vocabulary you want... *Muke! -- http://frath.net/ E jer savne zarjÚ mas ne http://kohath.livejournal.com/ Se imnÚ koone'f metha http://kohath.deviantart.com/ Brissve mÚ kolÚ adÔ.