The artificial language Lojban
(IPA [ˈloʒban], official full name Lojban: a realization of Loglan) was created by the Logical Language Group in 1987 based on the earlier Loglan, with the intent to make the language more complete, usable, and freely available. It has the ISO 639 language code jbo.
The language itself shares many of the features and goals of Loglan. In particular:
- The grammar is based on predicate logic, and is capable of expressing complex logical constructs precisely.
- It has no irregularities or ambiguities in spelling or grammar, so it can be easily parsed by computer.
- Lojban is designed to be as culturally neutral as possible.
- It is, nonetheless, simple to learn and use compared to many natural languages.
While the initial goal of the Loglan project was to investigate the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, the active Lojban community has additional goals for the language, including
- General research into linguistics
- Research in artificial intelligence and machine understanding
- Improved human-computer communication, storage ontologies, and computer translation of natural language text
- Use of language as an educational tool
- Personal creativity
Has anyone done any work on Lojban as an intermediate language or target language for machine translation?