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Glosses of Phrases

Filed under: — Posted by the Fantasist during the Hour of the Hare which is in the early morning.
The moon is Waxing Gibbous

It’s been a little bit since I mentioned anything about conlanging, so I thought it was time.

I was tooling around on Project Gutenberg the other day and came accross Mr. Honey’s Tourist Dictionary, English-German. At first, I thought it was just sort of interesting, but then, I started looking at it, and the other “Mr. Honey’s Dictionaries”. Suddenly, it clicked! What a great source for phrases to translate into a conlang! I already have Conlang Phrasebooks, but here are even more ideas for phrases that people use in daily life. In some of these, there is even generic or generalized technical jargon. For instance, there’s the Banking Dictionary, the Insurance Dictionary, the Large Business Dictionary, the Small Business Dictionary and even the Workstudy Dictionary.
In any case, these all really sparked some ideas about how language is used and what really goes into a real, fully-formed language with complete vocabulary.

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