Glosa Synonym Criteria (obsolete page)
I worked on development of the Glosa dictionaries from 1997
through 2000 but no longer maintain them. I've kept my stuff here
for historical and reference purposes. The latest and greatest
dictionaries, currently maintained by Marcel Springer, can be found
See my Glosa Page
for Glosa info and links.
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Suggested criteria for the selection of the "preferred" synonyms:
If the synonym spawns a Generic, make it the preferred synonym!
The synonym which is used most often in common compounds should be the preferred
synonym. The existence of the compound setimana (seven mornings =
a week) argues for seti and mana rather than septi or
matina. On the other hand, we also find septi-di!
In male/female pairs, or any group of corresponding words created by means
of generics, a generic combined with a neutral term should take precedence
over a unique term. Thus, fe-sponsa is preferred over uxori.
The preferred synonym should not look or sound too much like some other unrelated
word. This will probably be the trickiest criterion to apply, because the
Glosa dictionary already contains many words which differ only in a final
For groups of logically related words, consider how the words might be used.
For example, directions are often abbreviated - so Nord, Est,
Sud, Uest are preferable to Boreo, Orienta,
Austra, Ocide (which, however, make for wonderful literary
synonyms, in my opinion!)
For groups of logically related words, the preferred words should all come
from the same language, for predictability.
Originally, Glosa used the CVCV pattern for its words. As Robin Gaskell
pointed out, some of the later additions - more often the Greek ones - are
a bit harder to articulate. Consonant clusters are bad news, and should be
avoided. I too believe that aqa is easier to pronounce than
1998-03-19 gene krea, 1998-03-30 gene muta.