February 9th, 2009

Kastelo Verda


mi zu vu zasti

That phrase is Lojban for "A long time before or from now, far away, I exist."  [en]

Lojban is a language newly designed by a scientific committee. It is a language that the pointy-eared, green-blooded Vulcan, Mr. Spock, would love because it is based on the principles of predicate logic, which, however, does not imply that it cannot be emotional; in fact, it has a wide range of words to express emotions. Lojban is a cool, exotic, postmodern, widely expressive language. It would appeal to philosophers, computer scientists, and technophiles. Lojban is beautiful in its own logical way...

Lojban is culturally neutral. Much of its vocabulary is based on the six most spoken languages in the world: Chinese, English, Hindi, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic; generated words were selected by a computer algorithm.

Lojban grammar is nothing like that found in natural languages. It is really outlandish. For one thing, tense is optional. Due to its simple, unambiguously structured grammar, Lojban can be easily parsed by computers, so that it can be used in the future for computer-human interaction. Similar in structure to existing artificial intelligence (AI) programming languages, Lojban will likely be a most powerful tool in AI research.

Lojban was originally designed to research the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, which is based on the principles of Linguistic Determinism and Linguistic Relativity. Linguistic Determinism is the idea that the language we use to some degree determines the way in which we view and think about the universe. Linguistic Relativity states that distinctions encoded in one language are unique to that language alone, and that there is no limit to the structural diversity of languages. So basically, the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis is the idea that our perceptions and distinctions about the universe come from our language.

Thus one can surmise that Lojban is a mind-altering language. Your perceptions may change with its use. Although Lojban has its origins among avid technocrats, it has a high degree of artistic leeway, which of course is limited only by one's own creativity.

So instead of playing chess or doing crossword puzzles, you can practice mental yoga with Lojban!

.e'osai ko sarji la lojban.
Please support Lojban!