CLL -- the essentials

 I finally finished reading CLL in its entirety last week and I was pretty pleased with my accomplishment.  

I'm going to be very opinionated and sort the sections of the book into four categories: essential, nice, less necessary, outdated.  By "less necessary" I mean for someone looking to learn enough language to communicate, not necessarily invent more lojban themselves.  Here I go.

The book basically starts in Chapter 2.

2.1 - 2.9        essential (tour of lojban grammar)

2.11 - 2.18    essential (continued tour of lojban grammar)

5.1 - 5.2        essential (brivla, simple tanru)

6.1                essential (kinds of simple sumti)

7.1 - 7.3        essential (personal pro-sumti, demonstrative pro-sumti)

7.9                essential (question sumti)

8.1 - 8.2        essential (basic relative clauses)

8.7                essential (possessive sumti)

9.1 - 9.4        essential (cu, tagging places, conversion)

9.6 - 9.7        essential (modals, causals)

9.10               essential (comparison)

10.1 - 10.13   essential (tenses!)

10.15 - 10.16 essential (multiple tenses in various clauses)

10.18 - 10.19 essential (negation, potentiality)

11.1 - 11.2     essential (abstraction syntax, nu)

11.7               essential (predicate abstraction)

13.1 - 13.14  essential (attitudinals and vocatives)

14.1 - 14.2    essential (truth tables)

14.14 - 14.16 essential (non-logical connectives)

15.1 - 15.3    essential (basic negations)

16.1 - 16.5    essential (variables)

17.1 - 17.2    essential (letterals, lojban alphabet)

19.1 - 19.17  essential (structure of lojban texts)


3.8                nice (buffering of consonant clusters)

4.1 - 4.6        nice (morphology of the cmavo, gismu and lujvo)

4.8                nice (morphology of cmene)

5.8 - 5.10      nice (tanru flipping with co, some interesting types of selbri, somewhat miscellaneous)

6.11 - 6.15    nice (summaries of various kinds of useful sumti)

7.7 - 7.8        nice (indefinite and reflexive pro-sumti)

7.10 - 7.14    nice (focuses, bound variables, cancelling, identity)

7.16              nice (pro-sumti summary)

8.3 - 8.4        nice (relative phrases, multiple relative clauses, warning not compatible with jboponei, a popular (but not universal) bankle)

8.10 - 8.11     nice (relative clauses within relative clauses, summary of relative clauses)

9.5                 nice (modal places)

9.12 - 9.14     nice (modal conversion, modal negation, sticky modals)

9.17               nice (complete table of modals)

10.27 - 10.28 nice (complete table of tenses)

11.3 - 11.6     nice (different types of abstraction)

11.8 - 11.11   nice (indirect questions, more abstractions, sumti raising, event types)

11.13             nice (complete table of abstractors)

13.15 - 13.16 nice (sample dialogue, conclusion on attitudinals)

15.6                nice (sumti negation)


3.1 - 3.7         less necessary (IPA, allowed consonant pairs)

3.9 - 3.12       less necessary (syllabification, more IPA, oddball orthographies)

4.9 - 4.16       less necessary (rules for inserting pauses, how to make lujvo, how the gismu were made)

5.3 - 5.6         less necessary (tanru grouping)

5.11 - 5.16     less necessary (conversion in tanru, scalar negation of tanru, types of tanru)

6.3 - 6.10       less necessary (masses, sets, lots of quantifiers)

7.4                 less necessary (utterance pro-sumti)

7.15               less necessary (rafsi for pro-sumti)

8.6                 less necessary (relative clauses and descriptors)

8.8 - 8.9         less necessary (relative clauses and complex sumti, vocatives and relative clauses)

9.16               less necessary (irregular modals)

10.22 - 10.26 less necessary (conversion of tenses, tenses vs. modals, tense question, explicit magnitudes, an exercise)

12.1 - 12.16  less necessary (place structure of lujvo)

15.4 - 15.5    less necessary (tanru negation, scales of negation)

15.7 - 15.11  less necessary (miscellaneous oddball negations)

16.6 - 16.14  less necessary (lots of yummy logic, not very practical)

17.3 - 17.20  less necessary (lots of alphabet stuff)

18.1 - 18.26  less necessary (mekso, great for describing math but we mostly don't do that)

20.1  - 21.1   less necessary (catalog of selma'o, formal grammar description)


2.10              outdated  (most lojban speakers use "lo" for almost all their description sumti)              

4.7                outdated (fu'ivla are not usually created the way he describes in my experience)

6.2                outdated (most lojban speakers use "lo" for most of their description sumti)

7.5 - 7.6        outdated for the most part by the system where lojban speakers use initials for pronouns

8.5                outdated as most lojban speakers do not make this distinction

9.8 - 9.9        outdated as there is now a much simpler connective system

9.15              outdated as there is now a much simpler connective system

10.14            outdated as many lojban speakers do not use story time conventions

10.17             outdated as there is now a much simpler connective system

10.20 - 10.22 outdated as there is now a much simpler connective system

11.12             outdated as there is now a much simpler connective system

14.3 - 14.14  outdated as there is now a much simpler connective system

14.18 - 14.22  outdated as there is now a much simpler connective system

The simpler connective system is described beautifully here.

Comments

  1. Fascinating. I did not know selpa'i originated the simplified connective system.

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