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"What is Lojban" book published

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Monday, July 28, 2003, 16:07
Apologies for this cross-post: I am trying to reach as many as possible,
so many of you will see this more than once.  However, the posting is
reasonably on-topic on all these lists.

As the new President of the Logical Language Group, I am proud to announce
the publication of its new book, "What is Lojban? / .i la lojban. mo".
The book is the work of many hands, but the editors are Nick Nicholas
and me.  It is intended as a concise introduction to Lojban, providing a
taste of the language for those who may decide to take an interest in it.
Here is a precis of the book's sections:

    The Introduction is structured as questions and answers,
    and provides basic information on the language and its
    purposes, its overall structure, its relationship to other
    languages, its history, and contact information for the
    Logical Language Group and the Lojban community.

    The Overview of Lojban Grammar is a grammar sketch,
    with information on phonology, morphology, and syntax,
    including a detailed explanation of the various Lojban
    technical terms used in descriptions of the language.

    The Diagrammed Grammar Summary goes into more detail about
    the syntax, with lots of examples and a glossary explaining
    the words used in the examples.

    The Linguistic Issues section consists of more questions and
    answers of a more technical linguistic nature, including
    some discussions of Lojban's possible interest as an
    experimental linguistics testbed.

    The Lojban Sample Texts are four short pieces with
    detailed glosses and smooth translations, illustrating
    original Lojban poetry, dialogue, and one of Aesop's fables
    translated from Greek.

    Finally, the Complete Pronunciation Guide explains the
    pronunciation of Lojban using both IPA and natural-language
    examples: examples are given in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi/Urdu,
    Russian, and Spanish.

The ISBN is 0-9660283-1-7; the book is distributed in the
U.S. by Lightning Source, which means that any bookstore
can order it.  It is available from at

The book is a paperback, about 8-1/3 by 6-1/2 inches (212 mm by
165 mm).  The list price is US$10.00; Amazon is currently selling it
for US$8.00.  For more information, contact the Logical Language Group
at , or see our web site at .

John Cowan                              <jcowan@...>  
                .e'osai ko sarji la lojban.
                Please support Lojban!


Costentin Cornomorus <elemtilas@...>