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In a message dated 4/18/2007 11:44:11 AM Central Daylight Time, 
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> Using Esperanto as an example,
> or "estas", "estis", "estos", "esti" and "estus" all different  
> words?  If
> so, what about a language like Spanish, with even more conjugations?
> If not, what are those things?  And what indeed does one do about
> Inuktitut or Turkish?
> 
> -David
> 

I'd say those Esperanto words count as one word only, since they all have the 
same root and can be derived from the rules of the grammar.  
Different roots count as different words, but all derivations from that root 
come under the base word.  Thus "develop" and "development" would be two words 
in English, because they can't be derived from the rules of the grammar, 
they're adhoc forms.  But the equivalent words in Saweli are derived forms and 
count as only a single word.
Esperanto prefixes and suffixes can be applied by rule, so they wouldn't 
count in counting words either.

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