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Re: The longest and the shortest word in your conlang

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Amqoli:
/tʃihaʃtibʒ/ "cloudy"
/a/ "take, have"

Hlu:
/ʄaŋniɬ/ "north", /tʰɤpjɯs/ "kind of tea", /kʰɯjwet/ "otherwise"
no V words but plenty of CV words

Kannow:
/kʷipikʷtsʷʼəːw/ "ink"
/waw/ "water" (shortest noun; verbs can never appear unaffixed; shortest possible verbal formation is /eːg/ "you were")
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Re: The longest and the shortest word in your conlang

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in a priori 3S language (1 sign=1 sound = 1 sense), primes are often of one sign/sound/sense, so I have a hundred words of one sign (...)...
in this type of language a whole text can be considered as a single word, but I usually write on ostraca or marginalia that I do not keep...
also the longest word that I keep is 289 signs, it is one of the names of this language...
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Re: The longest and the shortest word in your conlang

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In Alál, the shortest words are a handful of prepositions:

u /ɔ/ 'after and because of'
ù /vo/ 'identity copula'
á /a/ 'set-membership copula'

The longest would likely be a verb, but I haven't put together a verbal lexicon yet and the instructions say not to coin a new lexical entry, so just going off of the nominal lexicon:

hâsutıtahàḳmaakaraama /ça'sodɪdəˌçɑŋməgəɾəm/ 'rope connecting a spare air tank hanging below a dive boat.OBL'
hâsutıtahàḳmaakaraaım /ça'sodɪdəˌçɑŋməgəɾəhɪm/ 'rope connecting a spare air tank hanging below a dive boat.AGT'
hâsutıtahàḳmaakaraaúm /ça'sodɪdəˌçɑŋməgəɾəˌhum/ 'rope connecting a spare air tank hanging below a dive boat.PAT'

From hâsutıtah 'spare air tank' and ḳmaakaraama 'tether holding something hanging below'. The only reason this word exists is because I was coming up with various diving-related terms a few months ago and realized I didn't know if there was a technical English term for "that whole setup with the extra tank hanging 15 feet down for decompression and emergency purposes".
Edit: Substituted a string instrument for a French interjection.

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Re: The longest and the shortest word in your conlang

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Proto-Zaebfa:

Longest: kiŋŋajku - sagebrush leaves
Shortest: Ki, ej, ir, ʃa, vɞ, te, and ja.
I, the, go to, or, bright, is, and yes.

*Note: The lexicon of Proto-Zaebfa is around 160 words
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