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Can you construct garden path sentences in Lojban?

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 ...
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What are the main limitations of Lojban?

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 ...
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What makes lojban such a "logical" language?

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 ...
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What are the main limitations of Lojban?

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 ...
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How similar are Loglan and Lojban?

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. ...
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Does Lojban completely remove semantic ambiguity?

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 ...
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On what license Lojban can be used?

Logical Language Group, Inc. retains the copyright, but grants permission to copy, redistribute, and create derivative works from the official book, under conditions such as attribution and a ...
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How similar are Loglan and Lojban?

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 ...
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How does the Lojban "logic" of limiting gismu to very specific argument structures not run into problems?

First, it's worth pointing out that some selbri, notably {du}, do permit more than five arguments. Five is the maximum for gismu due to the FA series ({fa}, etc.) which only has five members; if gismu ...
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With infix connectives, how to handle edge cases?

Well, natural languages usually don't have much need to distinguish between "the object X" and "the sequence containing only the object X", so there's not a lot of precedent there ...
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Is this lojban sentence grammatically correct?

zo'e in Lojban is always implied when any place of a selbri isn't filled. You can use zo'e when you want to explicitly note that there is a "something", but it's not necessary. So, ta se ...
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In logical languages, what is the relationship between subset relations and the Axiom of Choice?

My guess: It doesn't. Sketch argumentation: {steci} allows you to talk about choice functions, but it does not guarantee that the thing you are talking about is actually a well-defined choice function,...
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What makes lojban such a "logical" language?

The syntax of a logical language is amenable to rewriting, which generates a deductive system, a special case of a formal system. There are two main features of a logical language: Some utterances ...
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