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A quick thought: Some of the roots, like "bumpsta" and "bestria", sound more
like they had already taken affixes rather than being roots themselves. That
might help in future derivation brainstorming, or, of course, you could
always keep them.
Eugene

2009/4/14 Gary Shannon <[log in to unmask]>

> Current experiemnt, excerpted from my web page: <
> http://fiziwig.com/iti_basata/roots.txt>
>
> Below is a list of consonantal roots. (Complete list of 5100 roots is found
> at the link above.)
> The roots are shown with random vowels.
> Internal vowels may be any vowel or dipthong.
> Final vowel is defined by morphology and determines part of speech.
> Any vowel or open syllable may be appended to the front of the root.
>
> For example, given the root "bambu" from the table below, this may be used
> as:
>
> bamb- bemb- bimb- bomb- bumb- baimb- beimb- biumb- biomb- biamb- boimb-
> baumb- buamb- buemb-, ...
>
> Giving such possible priniciple forms as: biamba [n], bembe [adj], bambi
> [adv], bambo [v], bumbu [cn]
>
> ([cn] is a form of the word used in building compound nouns like "sauce
> pan", "boy scout", ...)
>
> Now suppose we take bembe [adj] to mean (as a random example) "gentle".
> Then we might derive:
>
>        bembe : gentle [adj]
>                bembosa : gentleness [n]
>                bemboli : gently [adv]
>                bemburo : to make (another) gentle [v]
>                bembino : to become gentle [v]
>                bembere : more gentle [comp adj]
>                bembese : most gentle [supr adj]
>                mabembe : very gentle [adj]
>                mahabembe : very most gentle of all [adj]
>
> Then we could also take bombo [v] to mean revolve. We could then derive:
>
>        bombo : to revolve, rotate, turn [v]
>                bombota : a revolution (as in a single turn of a wheel) [n]
>                bombabli : turnable [adj]
>                bombite : rotated [adj/part]
>                bombobe : rotating [adj/part]
>                bombora : agent of the action, wheel, gear [n] (dentu
> bambora might be "tooth wheel" = gear)
>                bombaka : result of action, rotation [n]
>                nibombabli : unturnable [adj]
>                abombite : unturned, unrotated [adj]
>
> Then we could also take biamba [n] to mean puzzle or riddle.
>
>        biamba : puzzle, riddle [n]
>                biambas : puzzles [n plural]
>                biambano : to solve a puzzle [v]
>                biambite : puzzled, perplexed [adj]
>                biambode : puzzling [adj]
>
> Which gives us more than 20 words from a single root. If that is typical
> then we could expect to be able to derive as many as 102,000 words from the
> 5100 roots listed below. Realistically, some of the roots just don't sound
> very good, and will probably remain unused. But if only 50% of the roots are
> usable, under the same assumptions as above, then that still makes for a
> possible 50,000 words from this root list.
>
> We might also decide to make words from the same root be related in some
> direct or indirect way. Take for example the root b-j- (listed below as
> "buja"). We could use the noun form "boja", the verb form "bejo", and the
> adjective form "baje" and make them indirectly related as follows:
>
>        boja : bread [n]
>                bojaro : to make bread [v]
>                bojasa : bread maker, baker [n]
>                bojaria : bakery [n]
>
>        baje : having bread (not destitute) [adj]
>                mabaje : well off [adj]
>                mahabaje : wealthy [adj]
>                mabajere : more wealthy [adj]
>                mabajese : most wealthy [adj]
>                nibaje : destitute, poverty stricken (without bread) [adj]
>
>        bejo : to eat [v]
>                bejota : patient of the action, a meal [n]
>                bejabli : edible [adj]
>                bejite : eaten [adj/part]
>                bejobe : eating [adj/part]
>                bejora : agent of the action, eater [n]
>                nibejabli : inedible [adj]
>                abejite : uneaten [adj]
>                mabejota : banquet [n]
>                mahabejota : feast [n]
>                bejotina : (diminutive) snack [n]
>                bejaria : public place, restaurant, cafe [n]
>                bejarima : private place, dining room [n]
>                bejosta : eating implement, silverware [n]
>                purabejota ; (before-eat) appetizer [n]
>                atibejota : (after-eat) desert [n]
>
> (Here are the first few roots. The Whole list of 5100+ is at the link
> below. Again, the vowels are random examples, not really part of the roots.)
>
> baba bibla babro bichu bachka buda bidko badlo badma bodnia badru bafo
> bafka baflo biafra bafso bafta bago bagla bogma bagra boha buja bajka bajno
> baku bikla bakro bakta bektra bola bulba balche baldo beldru balfa bulgia
> balgru balja balko balma balno balpe balra bolsa balsto balta balvu balza
> bima bambu bumbla bambra bumka bamlo bumpa bamplo bampra bampsu bumpsta
> bampto bamra bimso bamta bamzu bania bencho banda bandlu bandra bunga banglo
> bengra banjo bankua banklo benkro banktu binlo bansa banshu bensla bansta
> bantu bantra banzai bupa baplo bepre bario barbei barche bardo burga barja
> birko barli burma barna barpo barpla barpra bursa barsha barsli barstu borta
> barva barzu basa busha boshke bashto baski busklu baskra boslu besmo basnu
> bispo basplu bespro basta bestria bauta botka batlu betma batno batria bitsu
> bavua bavlo batvia bowa baya bezo bazlu
>
> Complete list: <http://fiziwig.com/iti_basata/roots.txt>
>
> --gary
>