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How to showcase a conlang?

The traditional method of promoting a conlang was creating a booklet, often self-published and self-promoted by the conlang creator. Nowadays, it is easier to set up a comprehensive website ...
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Lemmata in a prefixing language

It's possible to use the infinitive as the citation form / lemma in your dictionary, but have collation rules specific to your language. For example, if um is the infinitive, you can have it sorted ...
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Lemmata in a prefixing language

You could just list them under the stem in that case. If you can easily reconstruct the infinitive by a simple rule, then that would be the easiest way. There is no law that states that you always ...
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Should I include a glossary with english translations in my fantasy novel?

It depends what the purpose of the languages is, and how they are used. If there are only short stretches, and the meaning can be inferred from context, or is not vital to the story (like a comment on ...
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What is a good way for a speaker of English to get started learning Toki Pona?

(Posting a separate answer so it can be voted up or down separately.) If you prefer a book rather than a lesson series, there are the classic lipu pu ("Toki Pona: the Language of Good") and ...
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What is a good way for a speaker of English to get started learning Toki Pona?

I used /dev/urandom's course, which is structured as a series of 13 lessons. Each lesson introduces 10 new words, some aspect of the grammar, and concludes with a series of English-to-tp and tp-to-...
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Are there best practices for creating a lexicon or dictionary spreadsheet?

It all comes down to preference, as long as the spreadsheets are neat and easy to read. Looking for other alternatives beyond spreadsheets is also a viable option. As an example, I used a bit of ...
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Should I include a glossary with english translations in my fantasy novel?

YES As a reader, I like when there is a glossary at the back. I also like a nice map at the front! It's always a pleasure to see that an author either took the time and effort to make a language or ...
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Should I include a glossary with english translations in my fantasy novel?

It depends on the style of your work. Adding such kind of glossary emulates a quite old-fashioned style of adventure books taking place in exotic regions, or travel journals to such regions. So when ...
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Are there best practices for creating a lexicon or dictionary spreadsheet?

I'll throw my hat in on the main best practices I have, anyway. In my view, the number one best practice in assembling a conlang lexicon must be: Get familiar with whatever filters, advanced find &...
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Are there best practices for creating a lexicon or dictionary spreadsheet?

Although I've never tried it, it seems like a data structure other than a spreadsheet (a database of some form) would be more suited to the complex relationships between lexemes and definitions. If ...
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What is a good way for a speaker of English to get started learning Toki Pona?

Chatting with other toki pona users! It helps you learn much faster than many courses. Just learn the basics (this cheatsheet is a good resource), then find a community of toki pona speakers! ...
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