I was wondering, would you only make new compound words that are totally
logical or would you also use figures of speech? And why?

For example, "marine vehicle" literally means "boat". However, "sky eye" is
just a figure of speech for "sun" but it doesn't literally mean that there
is an eye in the sky whereas marine vehicle literally means that there is a
vehicle on water.


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Envoyé : lundi 19 novembre 2012 16:52
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Objet : Re: A Two-Word dictionary

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! :-)


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
> might do, by encouraging conlangers to make calques in the _semantic
> contrasts_ their language offers, even if some single words expand as
> compounds..