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Lojban's official formal grammar is written in YACC, which is a LALR(1) parser generator. Since this means that the parser only ever "looks ahead" a maximum distance of one token while parsing, garden path sentences are impossible in the traditional sense. This just means that the parse tree can't be drastically transformed during the sentence—it doesn't ...


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What is meant by "logical language", is that the language's grammar is engineered so that any statement you make is syntactically unambiguous. Grammatically correct statements only parse one way. In natural languages, and many constructed languages, the meaning of a statement can be interpreted to be a number of things, depending on context. An example to ...


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Length A few things. First, Lojban often needs longer sentences to express something than it does in, for example, English. Vocabulary Secondly, Lojban's vocabulary isn't that big, especially in the domain of sciences. Words would have to be calqued, adapted from English, French, etc. or completely re-invented. Loaning and naming Thirdly, the English ...


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Lojban vocabulary was deliberately constructed from scratch, in an attempt to get around James Brown's copyright on Loglan (Brown was the creator of Loglan, but continued to retain control over it. The Logical Language Group was formed to reinvent the words, beginning in the late 1980s, while retaining Loglan's grammar. The words LLG created are the gismu, ...


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One of Lojban's most famous features is, of course, its lack of syntactic ambiguity. While this is an advantage in some cases, it can also be a limitation. It wouldn't likely be an issue in something like Wikipedia, but does make certain kinds of wordplay impossible. Take for example this exchange from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass: 'Who did ...


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Let's take an element of Lojban's grammar, and see if it's semantically ambiguous. In lojban, tanru are basically two predicates in adposition. The first one semantically modifies the second one; and that's all. Example: {lo zdani gerku cu barda}: The house dog is big. {lo gerku zdani cu barda}: The kennel is big. Where {zdani} (roughly) means "home", {...


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Lojban started as a relexification of Loglan but it has evolved independently from Loglan since that starting point. I don't think that the two languages can be considered dialects of each other because there is no mutual understandability left because every single word of Loglan was replaced with something different in Lojban (with the famous exception of ...


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