rafsi

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rafsi
Building block (or blocks) of lujvo (compound words)
See also: CouldaBeenRafsi

An affix - with the proviso that all gismu have one or more of them. Affixes are rather more plentiful in Lojban than they tend to be in most languages.

Quick summary:

  • 1342 (all) gismu have 5-letter rafsi (itself)
  • 1337 (all but brodV) gismu have 4-letter rafsi (itself minus final vowel)
  • 1103 gismu have at least one 3-letter rafsi
    • 207 gismu have 3-letter rafsi of the form CCV
    • 833 gismu have 3-letter rafsi of the form CVC
    • 393 gismu have 3-letter rafsi of the form CVV
    • 5 gismu (bloti cmene cmoni rotsu zgike) have both CCV and CVV
    • 48 gismu have both CVC and CCV
    • 238 gismu have both CVC and CVV
    • 3 gismu (bloti condi rotsu) have all three
  • 94 cmavo have at least one 3-letter rafsi
    • 2 cmavo (da, je) have 3-letter rafsi of the form CCV
    • 83 cmavo have 3-letter rafsi of the form CVC
    • 28 cmavo have 3-letter rafsi of the form CVV
    • 2 cmavo (da, je) have both CCV and CVC
    • 12 cmavo have both CVC and CVV

The top ten most frequently used rafsi on IRC are sel, jbo, pre, tol, sam, smu, sku, bau, nor, and vla. For a complete list, read this.