The Logical Language Group, Inc. takes great pride in announcing the publication of The Complete Lojban Language, by John Woldemar Cowan.
The Complete Lojban Language is a complete description of the artificial language Lojban. It serves as a reference grammar for the language, offering an overview of the language, as well as linguistic details on every aspect of the language. This book serves as the standard defining the language design. That design has been declared frozen for a minimum 5 year period; anyone who learns the language from this book can be assured that it will not be continually changing.
An online draft version is available. A list of CLL, aka Reference Grammar, Errata is also available, most of which have been approved by the book's author.
Though this description may sound imposing, technical and formal, the book is written in a light, often humorous style that teaches the reader about the Lojban language, about logic, and about linguistics in general.
Lojban is a current version of Loglan, the artificial language project described in the June 1960 Scientific American article of that name. "Loglan" was also referred to by name in Robert Heinlein's classic novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, as well as in other novels.
Loglan/Lojban is a language designed for several purposes, including linguistics research (especially involving a proposed test of the Sapir/Whorf hypothesis), foreign language instruction, artificial intelligence research, machine translation and related human/computer interaction applications, and as a stimulating educational and entertaining mental exercise. Some people are interested in Lojban as a prospective international auxiliary language. An international community of aficionados has appeared, writing in and about the language, primarily on the Internet.
The book is in hard cover, 620 pages long, and includes a thorough index.
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Other than fixing errata for this edition (mentioned above), ongoing work on the CLL includes:
- Suggestions for CLL, second edition (uncategorized suggestions for improvements or changes in the CLL)
- CLL dot side Errata, for CLL errata arising from The Case Against LA.
- CLL PEG Errata, for work pertaining to PEG requiring changes to the CLL.