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Re: Word Derivation 2

Xavier Abadia ("Xavier Abadia" <xabadiar@...>) on March 20, 2012

Dear Stephan, and Gary. Here the point is not freedom. Of course we are fre= e to go beyond Peano, who restricted himself to the ablative form of nouns = (bucca, pilo, pede, capite, manu, facie). Here the point is information: we= should have a serious dictionary showing the etymologic keys. Otherwise, I= agree with Stephan, the endings often seem to be arbitrary. By the other h= and, the Glosa authors did really say that the last vowel of the word is no= t important? I’d like to see it quoted.

I don’t agree with Stephan that to= chose a fixed meaning for a root is too difficult. For example “stat-“ mig= ht mean “to be in a certain state, especially upright”. There is often an e= tymologic meaning quite clear and we must learn it. A useful trick was teac= hed by Ogben, the inventor of Basic English: we may get the whole meaning o= f a word by including a special submeaning (“stat. : … especially upright= “).


— In, “Stephan Schneider” <ste= fichjo@…> wrote:

Dear Gary and dear Glosa-people,

I can see you = point, which was my problem with Glosa in the first place. Arbitrary ending= s are not an option for me, I find them too hard to memorize. On the other = hand, it is difficult to chose a meaning for a root like “stat” for instanc= e: It could mean anything from “stand”, “station”, “state”, “status” includ= ing their different meanings. Which is why I came up with forms like “stati= “, “statio”, “statione”, “statu”, “statura”, “stato”, “status” based on Lat= in (Interlingua). Glosa does something similar with “nati” (birth) and “nat= io” (nation). I have made similar modifications to greek words with regular= formations of “grafi”, “grafia”, “grafa”, “grafe”, “grafo”.

This is w= hy a made my own dialect of Glosa - “Glota”, which you can find here: htt= p://

You’re all invited. :)

= Thank you very much for your answers.

Regards, Stephan — In glo=, Gary Miller <gmillernd@> wrote:


So far the Glosa authors have taken a different attitude toward the

last vowels of words. They have said:

1) Since the last vowel = of the word is simply there to ease pronunciation, it is not important = (except for a few words such as HOMO/HOMI, AMO/AMI). Therefore the word= s NOKTU, NOKTE, NOKTO should all be understood as “night” to a Glosist.=

2) The vocabulary of Interlingua is also useful for use in Glosa.= This again shows a lot of freedom in picking the last vowel.

= So you see the attitude is actually toward allowing a variety of word e= ndings, rather than narrowing the endings to just one. I don’t think th= ey would care if you used many of the word endings you proposed.

S= aluta, _ _ /. /\ =A0 Gary #

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