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Reduction of the number of selma'o

The words of Lojban are classified, according to their grammar, in 124 selma'o (counting BRIVLA and CMENE). This number of grammar classes is excesive, and can be easily reduced without any noticeable effect in the expressiveness of the language (and in many cases with some increase in it). These 55 selma'o could be eliminated or merged with other selma'o, thereby reducing the complexity of the syntax, and thus making it easier to learn. (Arguments for each of these actions have been presented in different places, and I may in the future try to collect them here or provide links. For the moment I am only recording the list. Discussion about the general idea of selma'o number reduction or about particular cases is welcome in the discussion forum of this page. mi'e xorxes )

 

selma'o recommended action backwards compatibility
tags
CAhA merge with BAI yes
CUhE merge with BAI yes
FAhA merge with BAI yes
KI merge with BAI yes
PU merge with BAI yes
TAhE merge with BAI yes
VA merge with BAI yes
VEhA merge with BAI yes
VIhA eliminate/merge with BAI no/yes
ZAhO merge with BAI yes
ZEhA merge with BAI yes
ZI merge with BAI yes
MOhI eliminate/merge with FEhE no/yes
indicators
CAI merge with UI yes
DAhO merge with UI yes
FUhE merge with UI yes
FUhO merge with UI yes
GAhO merge with UI almost
NAI merge with UI yes
RAhO merge with UI yes
SOI eliminate no
connectives
A merge with JOI yes (allowing NA JOI)
BIhI merge with JOI almost
JA merge with JOI yes (allowing NA JOI)
GUhA eliminate no
predicates
BRIVLA merge with GOhA yes
CMENE merge with GOhA almost
LA merge with LE almost
lerfu
FOI eliminate/merge with BY no/yes
LAU eliminate/merge with BY no/yes
TEI eliminate/merge with BY no/yes
termsets
CEhE eliminate no
NUhI eliminate no
NUhU eliminate no
PEhE eliminate no
MEX
BIhE eliminate no
FUhA eliminate no
JOhI eliminate no
KUhE eliminate no
MAhO eliminate no
MOhE eliminate no
NAhU eliminate no
NIhE eliminate no
NUhA eliminate no
PEhO eliminate no
TEhU eliminate no
VEI eliminate no
VEhO eliminate no
VUhU eliminate/merge with JOI no
terminators
LOhO eliminate/merge with BOI no/yes
MEhU merge with MOI almost
odds and ends
COI merge with DOI yes
NIhO merge with I yes
CEI eliminate no
SA eliminate no

 
The surviving selma'o are:

BAI BAhE BE BEI BEhO BO BOI BU BY CO CU DOI DOhU FA FAhO FEhE FEhU FIhO GA GEhU GI GIhA GOI
GOhA I JAI JOI KE KEhE KEI KOhA KU KUhO LAhE LE LEhU LI LIhU LOhU LU LUhU MAI ME MOI NA NAhE
NOI NU PA ROI SE SEI SEhU SI SU TO TOI TUhE TUhU UI VAU VUhO XI Y ZEI ZIhE ZO ZOI ZOhU


Created by xorxes. Last Modification: Friday 01 of June, 2007 22:49:53 GMT by xorxes.