- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Logical Language Group, Inc. (June 2, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966028317
- ISBN-13: 978-0966028317
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,248,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The main difficulty that the reader may have with this book is one that is not specific to these authors or this book, but endemic to all LLG's writing on Lojban. At some point it was decided that normal words like "noun," "verb," and such, as well as the expressions like "simple predicate" that J. C. Brown used in his Loglan article, were inappropriate to the description of Lojban, and only Lojban words like "lujvo," "gismu," etc. are to be used. They _are_ defined in this book, but their constant use can be a barrier to easy use of the book.
You will not learn to speak or write Lojban from this book (it is sparing in vocabulary) but if you want an idea about how Lojban works, this book is an excellent introduction as long as you can take the constant use of Lojban words for grammatical terms.
One caveat, however. The book claims that "Lojban is not a word-order language; it is a particle language." Nothing could be further from the truth. This reviewer helped to create Voksigid, which is truly a particle language as opposed to a word-order language, and one reason was as a reaction to Lojban.