I am working on a parser-based conversational game in which the player can enter single-word responses to NPC. These words can be nouns (“marriage”), verbs (“dying”), interjections (“sorry”), etc.
I can add all the words that actually relate to the narrative (and their synonyms), but the player would probably end up entering a lot of other words to explore the system. Thus, I should add at least some boiler-plate output for most common of them, just to make the characters feel a bit more alive.
However, I can’t find any decent resource for a list of words like this. The closest I found was the concept of Sentence words, but could not find any list of most common 1000 or so such words. Also, not all the above examples seem to fall into this category either.
So, I come to you – does any one knows of some list or other resource/tool related to this?
(I understand that this is a pretty vague question, but that is simply because I don’t quite know what I am looking for either.)