Lojban

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Lojban (pronounced [ˈloʒban])
is an experiment in human language –
a constructed language based on predicate logic.

What is Lojban?

a «lightning talk» introduction to Lojban by Timo Paulssen
«prami simbi'o», a song by Djemynai
«ro lo ma'a datka», a song by guskant

Lojban is a carefully constructed spoken language. It has been built for over 50 years by dozens of workers and hundreds of supporters.

  • Lojban's grammar is simpler than of most natural languages, but complex in its own unique way. Lojban is an experiment in thought, as well, it wishes to see how these unique language structures affect thought and understanding.
  • Lojban allows the expression of tiny nuances in emotion, using words called attitudinals, which are essentially spoken emoticons.
  • Lojban allows you to communicate concisely without unnecessary or undesired details. For example, you don't have to always think of what tense (past, present or future) to use in a verb when it's already clear from context.
  • Lojban is machine parsable, which allows potential new explorations in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine translation.
  • Lojban has a live community of speakers expanding its vocabulary day by day.

Lojban means different things to different people

  • a linguistic curiosity - a test-bed for language experimentation
  • a challenging way to expand their minds or discipline their thoughts
  • a new perspective on languages
  • an entertaining medium to communicate with friends or create art
  • a domain for exploring the intersection of human language and software

What will Lojban mean for you?

More basic information ...

Learning Lojban

Official resources

  • "The Complete Lojban Language", a reference grammar of Lojban. This book will teach you how to read and use Lojban, what the different types of words and grammatical constructs do. It does not, however, teach vocabulary, style, or colloquial language. Please note that since the initial publication of the reference grammar, some language reforms such as xorlo have become widely adopted.

Unofficial and supplemental resources

«Lessons in Lojban» by Dustin Lacewell
«The Perfect Language», an introduction to Lojban by Wesley Wilson

Different non-authoritative learning resources have been created. They are said to be more beginner-friendly.

Dictionaries

Related things

Software tools

  • Memrise.com offers on-line Lojban vocabulary flashcards. Anki is a downloadable alternative.
  • camxes is an automatic grammar of Lojban. It can help you to understand the structure and correctness of sentences.

Other learning materials ...

Connect with the community

«bripre jikca», a community literary vlog

Lojban is spoken by a vibrant community, producing literature, music, and art, and discussing questions about language and thought. The web comic xkcd said that, if you spoke Lojban, you'd have to speak with Lojbanists. That may not be such a bad thing!

IRC (Internet Relay Chat)

At any time of day, there are likely to be Lojbanists available on IRC to answer questions or engage in real-time Lojban conversation. Join the chat in your browser with the KiwiIRC or QWebIRC browser-based clients, or connect with the IRC client of your choice. There are three channels (chat rooms) on the Freenode IRC network (host: chat.freenode.net, ports: 6667 or 6697 for an SSL-encrypted connection) that are typically used for Lojban:

  • #lojban for discussion about Lojban in any language
  • #ckule for the teaching of Lojban and questions from beginners in any Language
  • #jbosnu for discussions exclusively in Lojban

Here is an cheat sheet for those unfamiliar with IRC.

Mailing lists

Got a question about Lojban?
Ask the the lojban-beginners mailing list!

The lojban-beginners mailing list is for questions about learning and understanding Lojban. You can subscribe to the list by sending a question to lojban-beginners@googlegroups.com.

The general-purpose lojban mailing list, which covers anything else related to Lojban, was founded in 1989, and has about 500 subscribers. You can subscribe to it by sending an email to lojban@googlegroups.com.

Social media

Lojban has a presence on many of the most popular web sites: Facebook Logo Mini.svg Facebook, Google plus icon.svg Google+, reddit-12.png Reddit, quora.png Quora.

la jbotcan is an informal bulletin board which hosts images and discussions in Lojban and English.

International Contacts

an exposition by guskant in Japanese
  Languages spoken
la selpa'i
seladwa@gmx.de
English, German
la gleki
gleki.is.my.name@gmail.com
English, Russian
la ilmen
ilmen.pokebip@gmail.com
English, French
la tsani
nictytan@gmail.com
English, French
la xorxes
jjllambias@gmail.com
English, Spanish
la guskant
gusni.kantu@gmail.com
English, French, Chinese, Japanese, Esperanto
la remod
rdentato@gmail.com
English, Italian

Lojban around the world - other ways of communication ...

What's next?

  • Try your hand at translating into Lojban, or write your own original texts: Poetry, prose, blogs, tweets, etc.
  • Continue learning vocabulary using memorization software.
  • Help expand the dictionary by translating Lojban words into other languages, or coin new compound words and add them.

More info ...


This web site is dedicated to documenting Lojban and the activities of the Lojban-using community, and also serves as the official web site of the Logical Language Group (LLG), a non-profit organization founded in 1987 to promote the scientific study of the relationships between language, thought and human culture.

From Lojban news...

Community news

31 July 2015

- la ponjo lojbo citno girzu will sell a lojban literature book at a temporary shop managed by them and Esperantists.

28 July 2015

- BPFK (baupla fuzykamni), Lojban's language planning committee, was called to order on the bpfk-list. Initial topics of discussion include membership, voting, and the use of lojban in committee proceedings.

12 July 2015

- la .cogas. published «claxu be do crisa» ("Summer Without You"), a new original song in Lojban.

On the Internet

Twitter

Sheheryar Sewani @sheysewani
It's 2015, why aren't we all speaking Lojban? Said no one ever.
sheysewani 2015-08-03 22:12:37
niftg @464161niftg
@oka_iu_tcan valsi ja jufra nu kelci mw.lojban.org/papri/la_nikyg…
464161niftg 2015-08-03 21:43:44
シダ@病み上がらないまま日曜そ12a @s_i_d_a
i sanji i cfari cerni i solri gasnu glare i ranji cikna clani temci i xadni ganse glare i menli lenku i sepli #lojban

Google Groups: lojban

Re: xoi and new soi as bridi relative clause
ie zo ta'o mapti i ji'a lu ra'unai li'u na'e ka'e se smuni lo du'u na'e jimte
guskant 2015-08-03 01:26:26
Re: [lojban] Re: xoi and new soi as bridi relative clause
I much prefer a UI marker for [non-]restrictiveness. That unifies a lot of stuff, providing a way to think about {ne} in terms of {pe}, {noi} in terms of {poi}, etc and reduces cmavo proliferation...
la durka 2015-08-02 19:37:34

GoogleGroups: lojban-beginners

Re: [lojban-beginners] Where to start reading
Speaking for myself, as author of Terry the Tiger, if there is a dot before the T in the title, that's because someone added it (probably in the migration from the old wiki to the new). I certainly...
Michael Turniansky 2015-08-02 13:52:39
Re: [lojban-beginners] Where to start reading
For the dotside point, in print we can specify word boundaries with spaces. Thus the dots can be safely omitted, but they are still included in the correct pronunciation. In speech you need the dot...
Ian Johnson 2015-08-02 12:44:27

GoogleGroups: bpfk-list

Re: [bpfk] doi lo cmima be la kamni
i mi no'e tugni lo du'u go'i i pe'i lo tcini no'u lo nu kakne lo nu pilno la lojban cu na'e sarcu lo nu me byfy kei sei ku'i ka'e banzu tcini i lo canaiba pilno be la lojban cu .e'a kansa mi'o lo n...
guskant 2015-08-03 07:53:58
Re: [bpfk] doi lo cmima be la kamni
2015-08-03 10:14 GMT+03:00 Alex Burka <dur...@gmail.com>: > coi mi'e zanru .i sa'u .ai spuda tezu'e lo nu mi na co'a sipna cmima vau > vau .u'i ru'e > > .i .au baku da uitki papri...
la gleki 2015-08-03 07:19:04

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