A Swadesh list is a list of words which were originally compiled up by Morris Swadesh from 1940 to 1971, for the purpose of glottochronology (comparing 'stable' vocabulary in languages to determine their relation to other languages).
Due to the fact that they contain many basic terms and ideas (such as body parts, verbs, and natural phenomena) in an easy-to-access format, Swadesh lists have become popular among conlangers who are interested in expanding their conlang's vocabulary. Similar to a Swadesh list, but not to be confused with it, is a General Service List.
Swadesh Lists for Translation
Translated Swadesh Lists
Swadesh lists in Natlangs
- A collection of Swadesh lists arranged by language family
- A collection of Swadesh lists arranged alphabetically by language name
- More lists by language family
List of conlang Swadesh lists
For a list of the Swadesh lists available on Frath, click here.