Sapir-Whorf hypothesis confirmed!
Lojban language took it all.
You know those remarks "If Einstein had spoken another language his theory of relativity would have been different".
Now some people have been using Lojban constructed language in order to free themselves from words and concepts created in previous epochs.
Have they been able to shatter the walls of historical languages?
It seems so now thanks to a recent scientific research.
Researchers from the University of Laguna Verde took logs of English chats, Lojban chats and chats in a few other languages and then used a sophisticated algorithm to compare how and in what context words are used together by turning them into mathematical vectors.
If all languages gravitate towards words with still same meanings all across the globe then it would mean that
Language does not affect Thought.
But what has been discovered with Lojban community shows quite the opposite.
Not only words do not gravitate towards centers common for all languages but Lojban chats show exponential runaway over time from centers of meanings in other languages.
Lojbanists are really out of this world!
This is what they themselves are saying:
"Unlimited by the lexicon of our mother tongues we invent and use words we need.
We move to a truly creative expression of our feelings and our reasoning."
So can we peek into the world of the language allegedly free from social restraints?
Can we get understanding what they are discussing in their chats?
It's yes and no.
Since words in this flexible language tend to deviate over time more and more from this-world languages it's getting harder and harder to find approximate translations of those words.
Nevertheless, starting from today the new Twitter account@Lojban_is_crazywill be posting new and previously unpublished Lojban words with their rough translations into English.
But here are some examples already:
- zdebuzeku - a toxic breakfast
- lebmeteno - a careful maneuver
- dreguri - a structure over which navigational songs can be heard miles ahead
- irvinagi - a soothsaying as the treatment of insincerity
- emdoki - a dive for weed
- vibdaito - a game with paper and jewelry
- avnifiku - a wildflower in a buttonhole
- orvanu - evanescent windborne smell
- gonruve - a contestant who ends in an oven due to paranoia
- uknura - a boat on one's back
- pronokabu - a shade of flying birds
- erlegina - a craftsman's shell found by bees
- irtire - a community that is crazy at your corpse
- zveizefi - a feeling of being visited
- zibgora - a text printed on a cookie
- gilkaume - a ceremonial pouch
- lulrima - verbal clothes
- unrugivo - a flap of a small envelope
- dergale - a frivolous inhabitant
- troidiki - a horse that protects women
- afturu - a fine candy with pictures under a sexy lid
- kinzemo - a programming tunic
- skiroge - a road made by trampling
- obzevi - a word performed on one's sister
- momnoiso - a violent consequence of sleeping
- erneta - a building that absorbs people
- pruvuge - a long skirt that is used during the examination of food
- zemvaido - a reply in the air
- spatazo - a semitransparent vertebrate
- dafpeka - a small victory-shaped part of fruits
- tonraibipe - an intrusive sound of a ticket being torn
- zboimuvu - a quickly worn garment currently in the state of not being worn
- afpapo - a personal portable telescope
Well, well, enough. The Twitter account@Lojban_is_crazyis promised to be posting only a few words a day. Let's follow it.