The Lojban Reference Grammar

This is the pre-final version of the Lojban reference grammar, and has some typos. This document is available for sale as The Complete Lojban Language.

Another version of the reference grammar is available here(external link). This version contains various fixes as pointed out in the errata page.

A CLL Beginner's Order has been proposed for the reading of the reference grammar as a primary learning material.

Anyone interested is urged to read the book and send comments to John Cowan at <>.

Here are the individual chapters:

  1. Lojban As We Mangle It In Lojbanistan: About This Book(external link)
  2. A Quick Tour of Lojban Grammar, With Diagrams(external link)
  3. The Hills Are Alive With The Sounds Of Lojban(external link)
  4. The Shape Of Words To Come: Lojban Morphology(external link)
  5. Pretty Little Girls' School: The Structure Of Lojban selbri(external link)
  6. To Speak Of Many Things: The Lojban sumti(external link)
  7. Brevity Is The Soul Of Language: Pro-sumti And Pro-bridi(external link)
  8. Relative Clauses, Which Make sumti Even More Complicated(external link)
  9. To Boston Via The Road Go I, With An Excursion Into The Land Of Modals(external link)
  10. Imaginary Journeys: The Lojban Space/Time Tense System(external link)
  11. Events, Qualities, Quantities, And Other Vague Words: On Lojban Abstraction(external link)
  12. Dog House And White House: Determining lujvo Place Structures(external link)
  13. Oooh! Arrgh! Ugh! Yecch! Attitudinal and Emotional Indicators(external link)
  14. If Wishes Were Horses: The Lojban Connective System(external link)
  15. 'No' Problems: On Lojban Negation(external link)
  16. 'Who Did You Pass On The Road? Nobody': Lojban And Logic(external link)
  17. As Easy As A-B-C? The Lojban Letteral System And Its Uses(external link)
  18. lojbau mekso: Mathematical Expressions in Lojban(external link)
  19. Putting It All Together: Notes on the Structure of Lojban Texts(external link)
  20. A Catalogue of selma'o(external link)
  21. Formal Grammars(external link)

The entire reference grammar is available as a single zip file:

  • HTML format(external link) (, 563; 1.6Mb unzipped; MD5 = 0d72c94cd07282b884c9725fb208da12)
  • SIL IPA fonts (Truetype and PS) ( (404kb, MD5 = b5c0c0aab352ac9909809cfcb9b6d89b)

Created by rlpowell. Last Modification: Thursday 12 of June, 2014 21:18:32 GMT by mukti.