On Sun, May 12, 2013 at 9:33 PM, Garth Wallace <gwalla@...
> On Sun, May 12, 2013 at 6:49 PM, Nicole Valicia Thompson-Andrews
> <goldyemoran@...> wrote:
>> I wish they had a .zip file of these downloads.
>> Semantics isn't listed in my guide, but I plan to read it, as I'm thinking to use the guide. Praagmatics is also a part of that chapter. How would I use semantics in my conlang, just for creating the definitions, and city and village dialects?
> You can't not use semantics. Attaching meanings to words IS semantics.
In fact, you *can* not use semantics, although you can't get very far
without it. We've seen lots of phonology sketches that are just that
and nothing else. And I've used such phonology sketches as naming
languages for stories, including some where there are some recurring
"morphemes" that have no particular meaning (at least when I start
out), but are just there to give a consistent feel to the proper
To answer "how would I use semantics" in more depth, I'd suggest
looking at how the meanings of words in diverse languages fail to map
perfectly to one another -- how different languages divide up the
world of meaning into particular words in different ways -- and
keeping that in mind as you assign meanings to the words in your
conlang; few or none of them should be exact synonyms of any English
word, they should be narrower or broader in meaning than the closest