BPFK Section: Dictionary Preface

Stuff that should go here:

  • Magic word precedence


Some points to mention:

  • This book is the main result of the work of the BPFK
    • The BPFK was started in 2003 and ended in --
  • This book contains all the vocabulary necessary to read and write Lojban at a basic level. However, many words are omitted, and more are being created all the time.

General Info On Lojban

See http://jbovlaste.lojban.org/wiki/Some%20general%20info%20on%20Lojban%20for%20the%20mini-dictionary

How To Use This Book

See http://jbovlaste.lojban.org/wiki/how%20to%20use%20this%20book

Also, a starting point might be
http://www.lojban.org/files/draft-dictionary/Working/dictbook.ZIP .

Pronounciation Chart

IPA is must.

Word Category Notes

This section is for general issues surrounding an entire grammatical
category, or whatever. Stuff that would otherwise get repeated
many, many times in the various definitions.

This section needs a better name.

BAI Issues

This is a very rough draft, largely stolen from bancus.

BAI vs. FIhO + selbri [+ FEhU]

Every BAI expression is equivalent to a FIhO + selbri + FEhU
expression. Both forms are valid in all places the each form is

This contradicts the CLLv1, but the CLLv1 clearly states the old
behaviour was due to parser limitations.


It has been determined that BAI is effectively fi'o BAPLI, and that the following
derivation exists:

* SE BAI == fi'o SE BAPLI
* BAInai == fi'o na BAPLI
* na'eBAI == fi'o na'e BAPLI
* to'eBAI == fi'o to'e BAPLI

BAI + SE/NAhE/NAI and Causals

This is shown as the following:

* ri'a == with cause
* ri'anai == not with cause
* to'eri'a == prevented by
* to'eri'anai == not prevented by (despite)


Putting KU immediately after a BAI tag is equivalent to "BAI zo'e"
in all respects. It is generally translated into English as an
adverb. For example, "mi klama bai ku" is "I compelledly go".

BAI + selbri

Putting a BAI tag immediately before the selbri is exactly the same
as putting BAI + KU immediately before the selbri.

BAI And Connectives

BAI can interact with connectives in various ways, which are mostly
beyond the scope of this document (see CLL or other Lojban learning
materials). In particular, BAI before a forethought connective
causes the BAI to have scope over the entire structure, and BAI + BO
after an afterthought connective causes the BAI to have scope over
the structure to the right (after the BAI + BO).

This is worth mentioning here because constructs like ".i ri'a bo"
meaning "because" (specifically a physical cause) are incredibly
common in Lojban.

Attitudinals (UI, CAI, others?)

Unless the individual word entries specify otherwise, interjections
are words that are used to express the emotional state of the
speaker directly, propositional attitude indicators are words that
are used to used to indicate the speaker's attitude toward the
factuality or likelihood of the action or condition expressed,
evidentials are words that are used to express how the speaker came
to know something, and discursives are metalinguistic claims by the
speaker about something said.

The effect of these words is associated with the referent of the
immediately preceding word, or construct started or terminated by
that word, even if the construct is otherwise empty (in which case
the exact thing the emotion is directed towards is unspecified).

At the end of the dictionary:

Rafsi Appendix

Sorted on rafsi. It's probably best to have these in an appendix, instead of
mixed with the bulk of the dictionary. In order to be helpful in decomposing
unknown lujvo, it would have to have all of the following entries (for example):

  • blo - blo lot lo'i bloti
  • lo'i - blo lot lo'i bloti
  • lot - blo lot lo'i bloti

Created by rlpowell. Last Modification: Monday 26 of March, 2007 21:38:56 GMT by arj.