Hallo! On Sun, 8 May 2005 13:59:55 -0400, Roger Mills <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > Just an observation that's struck me over the last few weeks-- in deriving > new vocab. items for Kash, in the vast majority of cases I come up with > compounds or derivations of existing words. It takes definite effort to > choose a form from the list of possibles > > Is this because the dictionary is already quite large (+/- 5000 words, but > fewer bases) and the language favors compounding/derivation, or am I just > getting lazy? :-) In Old Albic, I only have about 300 roots so far and resort quite much to derivations and compounding. However, I try to find a middle path between excessive derivations and compounds for things any sane human language has a root for, and pulling lots of roots for related concepts out of thin air. But I find it quite hard to come up with roots that satisfy me, and that's why Old Albic progresses so slowly in terms of vocabulary. Greetings, Jörg.