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You are correct. That would be a serious mistake. I would hope, however,
that it is the kind of beginner's mistake that none of us experienced
conlangers would make! :-)

--gary

On Sun, Nov 18, 2012 at 5:32 PM, Alex Fink <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> ...
> The emphasis on _words_ -- on having English headwords as the indexing
> mechanism to such a book -- would IMO undercut much of the good such a book
> might do, by encouraging conlangers to make calques in the _semantic
> contrasts_ their language offers, even if some single words expand as
> compounds..
>