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Loglan One: A Logical Language (The Loglan N Series) Paperback – June, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-1877665004 ISBN-10: 1877665002

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Product Details

  • Series: The Loglan N Series
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Loglan Inst (June 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877665002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877665004
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,205,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
There is a long tradition of constructed languages. Esperanto is perhaps the most famous, but there are some far older and many newer ones as well. Some, like Esperanto, were intended as world languages, while others, like Klingonese, were invented just for the fun of it. Loglan is a comparatively recent addition, first appearing in a Scientific American article in 1960, and by some measures can be considered a classic. It was first proposed as a linguistic experiment, and has grown into the first human-speakable language that can be parsed by machine. Many of it's key ideas have since been borrowed by other constructed languages. Loglan 1 is the basic textbook. It's well organized and covers all the important parts of the language in a clear and informative style. I found it a fascinating read and packed full of neat ideas. I should stress that this is a textbook rather than a primer. Although it's possible to write correct Loglan based on this book alone, I'd recommend getting help from a more experienced Loglanist, or at least getting the official primer (known as Loglan 3) as well, which is currently available as back issues of The Loglan Institute's journal, "La Logli". I wish that Loglan 1 had more background material in it -- I'd like to know what motivated many of the features -- but since it was only intended to describe the language, and since it's already pretty fat, I can't really complain about that. The same goes for the details of the machine grammar, which gets pretty technical and which is available elsewhere. If you are one of those eccentric individuals who is interested in constructed languages, Loglan 1 is highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1999
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I found exactly what I was looking for in Loglan: a language constructed to be free from phonetic, syntactic, and some semantic ambiguity, as much as I believe any such language can be. My interests in knowledge representation, semantic networks, and interlingua for machine translation were completely satisfied by Loglan, and I firmly believe that it is the finest of all the constructed languages.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1997
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Before opening the cover of L1, we already knew what kind of review we wanted to write. We wanted it to be positive, to acknowledge Dr. Brown's enormous contribution to the development of the Loglan language, and to stress his ability to present clear exposition of the underpinning ideas of the language, while maintaining an intellectual level that challenges and defends the Loglan project so as to increase our academic respectability.
By the time we had completed a brief skim of the book, concentrating on new sections, as well as on areas of the language known to have changed significantly since 1975, our hopes were dashed.
Dr. Brown has indeed continued to write in that excellent style that attracted many people to the language after reading the 1960 Scientific American article and/or the earlier editions of this book. Possessing only a modicum of intellectual curiosity, a reader is easily drawn into a world where new perspectives abound, where much that is unfamiliar to English speakers (especially those who have never learned another language) is made familiar.
He continues his approach of explaining each idea separately, giving several examples of each point before moving on to the next one. He has added pronunciation aids and many new examples, rendering the book far more effective at teaching these concepts than it was before.
The book still falls short in teaching the language itself, because it fails to cover the pragmatic concerns of how the various rules and concepts presented interact with each other in non-simple expressions.
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