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It might be interesting to discover roots for a conlang by extracting
them, via bogus analysis, from existing natlang words or place names.
For example, one might use the bogus composition "Himalaya = hima
(lofty) + laya (mountain)" and "Kalahari = kala (hot) + hari (sand)",
so that a new word, "kalalaya", might be "volcano" while "himahari"
might be "plateau".

The trick is to find "roots" that are consistent across numerous
existing words, like: "zo + n = life + GEN" in "Amazon = ama (mother)
+ zon (of life)" and "Arizona = ari (difficult) + zo (life) + n(i)a
(place of) (var of Arizonia)" and "Kalamazoo = kal (happy) + ama
(mother) + zo + o (verb form of "life") i.e. place where happy mother
lives". That way one can be more sure of the correctness of one's
bogus roots.

By discovering enough bogus roots and phony derivations one could
discover an entire bogus language hidden within an existing language.

--gary