Mojang has, in a sense, now made spears a viable weapon in the game. It would make sense to expand upon that concept, and in a fairly simple way. The recipe would be simple: Take any sword you have, and two sticks. Line them in a diagonal line in the crafting bench, and it would become a spear.
It would operate the same exact way that the trident does, but the damage would change depending on the sword used in construction. The in-game design would be simple too, just a sword layered on the end of a stick. The design can be made visually with armor stands if you're crafty. Here's what the design looks like, when made with armor stands:
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