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Mathematical Expressions

Even uneducated speakers quantify phrases, that is, they say how many or how big some phrase is. It turns out that to support just simple dimensioned quantities the language has to include a complete facility for mathematical expressions.

Numbers, Expressions and Functions

Cardinal numbers (here exemplified by ``cu'' - set of two) are defined as ``X1 is a set containing so many members X2''. The converted predicate means ``X2 is a member of a set X1 of so many members''. Quantifiers are subordinate clauses on an argument, e.g.

^:i !cil |zu -cu ^ji /fi -vylMy twins are male

How do you say ``the number two''? Any set with two members can be put in 1-1 correspondence with any other such set, but not with a set with different count; this forms an equivalence relation that segregates sets by count. Among the ways to define ``the number two'' the one that fits best in gua\spi is ``xu -cu'', designating this equivalence class. All kinds of mathematical objects, such as rational, real, complex and dimensioned numbers, can be produced by various extension maneuvers from these equivalence classes, and can be named in gua\spi by ``xu -N''.

!xu -cu -cw -ciThe number 2.5 (the class of all sets of ``count'' 2.5)

Mathematical functions are defined with such classes as formal parameters, and hence have ``xu'' on parameter cases by default --- ``xu'' means the entire referent set of an argument, as a set (or class). The first case of a function is its value, and the function is defined as ``X1 is in the equivalence class that comes from doing (function) on (xu) X2'', possibly with several parameters. Thus a function can be used to predicate that something has a particular count or measure. ``xu'' recovers the equivalence class. The abbreviation ``IEC'', meaning ``in equivalence class'', is used thus: ``X1 IEC the result of (whatever)''. For example,

^:i !xa -ca /plw !co ^cu3 is the sum of 1 and 2 (all triplets IEC 1+2)

This syntax for mathematical expressions is neat, compact and unambiguous. No special syntax needs to be added to gua\spi beyond that already in use for ordinary arguments and sentences.

Functions always deliver their value in the first case and take arguments in the second and following cases. For the range and domain of a function F, use ``xu -F'' and ``xu -zu -F'' respectively.

Ordinal Numbers and List Ends

An ordinal number, cued by the quasidigit ``tr'', means ``X1 is N'th in list (xy) X2 starting at X3''. For example:

^:i -brn !junu !qnou =ji |tio /ve -tr -ca Broken is the third claw of my right paw (hand)

List ends and segments are built with ``bny-begin'' and ``fne-end'' restricted by a numeric predicate. Note the definition, ``X1 is the next or previous member of (xy) X2 after X3''; restrict with a numeric predicate to change to the N'th next or previous member. Without X3 the list ends are produced, but don't be confused by the polarity: ``bny-next also means ``beginning'' or ``least'' when the list is ordered by size or degree; ``fne-previous'' means ``end'' or ``most''. It is clearer to use an ordinal number when you can. For example,

^:i |vi -pli ^jo /can -fne !psa -gvuPlease go to the end of the line
^:i !ji /bny |cu ^sty -kqa !diu -suiI am the second smallest in the class
^:i !ji /tr -cu !sty -kqa !diu -suiSame thing, better
^:i !bny |te -ca ^sty -bir !kuo |tum =teon ^ji /fi -za -gey |jro ^su -xo -spiaThe first three people (in order by time) to phone me will be given tickets
^:i !tr -te -ca !sty -bir !kuo |tum =teon ^ji /fi -za -gey |jro ^su -xo -spiaSame thing, better

Lists are ordered with smaller or negative numbers first, so the ``smallest'' is ``bny -sty -kqa'' whereas the largest would be ``fne -sty -kqa'' or, sorting the list in reverse order, ``/bny !sty -spl''. See also the discussion of ``sym-chief'' under Comparative and Superlative for a better way to do ``second smallest'' and the like.

Vectors, Dates and Times

You express a vector as a ``stl-list'' of expressions. Units of measure applied to a vector multiply each component individually. A matrix (by components) is a list of vectors, and so on. A date or time is also a list of expressions.

^:i !vnyn /zm -cmu !dman ^dmem !stl !ci ^ca -cyThe wind is (5, 30) meters per second (per second meter 5, 30)
^:i !qo -kauai:i /jir !vdei !stl !co -ke ^kl -co -ci -koHawaii is at (19, -156) degrees
^:i -tem =jani !su -jn ^stl !co -ke -ka -ke ^cu ^co -keThe date today is 2/19/1989 (order: year, month, day)
^:i !qo -kamleto /zu -fom |tem =qrau !stl !cu -cy ^ca -cy Hamlet will be performed at 20:30 hours

The date is defined as ``X1 is the date of event (vo) X2+ starting with unit (xu-jani) X3* in calendar X4'' in which auto-conversion lets it restrict a sentence directly, while the unit can still be compounded. The first vector component has that unit, and subsequent components are multiplied by sub-units in the order years, months, days, hours, minutes, seconds. The default unit is ``jani-years''.

Units of Measure

Units of measure are defined to multiply a number or other expression by the unit. The resulting equivalence class is considered to contain gua\spi events whose degree or measure are that big; hence the unit expression takes the form of a subordinate clause, and the main sentence predicate tells what dimension is being measured. For example,

^:i !ji /vga |kyam !ku -cyI weigh 70 kilos (I heavy kilo 7 0)
^:i !tor =cenu /cni !ti -kl -co -cw -cu -ka -kn -kuThe account balance is about minus 12.8 million dollars ($ about -1.28E7)
``Scientific notation'' is used in gua\spi instead of the thousands and millions typical of English and in place of the metric prefixes; it is more compact and much easier to specify syntactically.

This definition of a unit is reasonable mathematically since a physical unit of measure can be interpreted as a basis member of a 1-dimensional vector space of things having that dimension. For example, consider mass. Take the set of all things with mass, and take equivalence classes of things with equal mass. Those equivalence classes occupy, and can be extended to create, a 1-D vector space. Any single member is a basis, and a unit is a member selected by convention, e.g. the standard kilogram. Now for the word, its referent could be the unit, but you have to multiply it by the number (e.g. 2.5 times grams), which makes expressions too wordy. So the unit word is defined as a math function that multiplies by the unit.

In units of measure, the first argument occupants are not things but properties, e.g. masses of things, which are events, e.g. ``something is massive''. The need for a predicate to go with the thing being measured is easiest to see in 3-D, e.g. the argument could be high, wide or deep but all are measured by the single dimension of meters. Then the unit becomes a modal case of the predicate. These examples show how to use MKS and provincial units:

^:i !ji /gal |dmem !co-cw-ku-ceI am 1.74 meters high
^:i !ji /gal |xnu -fn -:inca !ko-keI am 69 inches high

In particular, no quantifiable relation (e.g. ``heavy'' or ``exceeds in dimension vo X3'') has an explicit case for how much it is, relying instead on the modal case of units. There is one exception: ``kun-quantity'' is like a unit in providing a modal case for quantity, but provides an identity transformation, so that a question word can be dropped into the multiplicand argument without forcing a specific unit.

To talk about the unit rather than to use it, use ``xu vo <unit>'', as in ``the pound is a provincial unit''. ``xe vo <unit>'' will deliver the standard unit, if there is one, given suitable context cues.

Compound units, like ohms, require a product or quotient of several units. One may use the personal name units (ohm, volt, pascal, celsius) in the same manner as provincial units.

Quantification and Negation

Some Important Quantifiers

xa -tara All rats (anywhere, any time)
xa -xe -tara All the rats (in an in-mind set)
xa -tara |xyn !dowu All the rats in the house
xi -tara |xyn !dowu Most of the rats in the house
tara |zu -vdu Many rats
tara |zu -pqu Few rats
tara |gou -sun Enough rats
tara |gr -gou -sun Too few rats
tara |gou -pqu Few enough rats
tara |gr -gou -pqu Too many rats (insufficiently few)
tara |zu -ti-ta-cu-cy-cy Almost a hundred rats
jmo -vjr Almost vertical

Words for Something

^:i !ji /crw |birI already ate (something implied)
^:i !ji /daw -crw !jyI want to eat something
^:i !ji /crw !xo -kseoI am eating some cheese
^:i !jw /vdr !xy -jy |kfa /vu -snyLogically, he must have some family (a set)
^:i !xi -jy ^:u -xun !vo !zglo /gr -zu -gul ^vo !zglo /qma -tfaMost things are illegal or fattening
^:i !xa -jy |vdr !xo -sto -fw -kaia  . . .For anything in a compact set  . . .

Nine Varieties of Negation

^:i -sfa !kio !ji ^tara |zey !ju
It is false that I have your rat. This is the prototype of negation, and it is the policy in gua\spi to use predicates when possible rather than prefixes or other structure words. However, the negated sentence is an extra level down, a problem for speakers.
^:i -go !ji /kio !tara |zey !ju
I don't have your rat. ``go'' is a mood prefix which means that the asserted sentence is counter to fact. It is simpler and more familiar to natural language speakers than ``sfa-false'' is, and it works in subordinate clauses where ``sfa'' doesn't.
^:i !ji /kio !tara |go -zey !ju
I have a rat which isn't yours. ``go'' can equally be used in subordinate clauses, or even in argument predicates.
^:i !ji /kio !xn -kseo
I have no cheese. ``xn'' means that of the members of the full referent set of the argument, none fit in the predicated relation. Unlike the rest of the articles, this is actually a statement about the excluded members, and means the same as ``^:i !ji /go -kio !xa -kseo'' --- freely translated, ``for all pieces of cheese, I don't have it''. (See De Morgan's rules below.)
^:i !ji /kio !kseo |zu -cy
I have zero pieces of cheese. This is the most natural form of argument negation in Loglan, but gua\spi looks strictly at referent sets, and if you say you have all the members of the null set, it isn't a cheesy null set --- there is only one null set. The statement is a tautology, and says nothing about cheese. Many logical fallacies, such as St. Anselm's ontological proof of the existence of God, are like this example in that they prove a statement about the members of a set which may not have any members. In gua\spi use ``xn'' as above.
^:i !ji /kio !ple !tara
I have something which isn't the rat. The full referent set of ``ple !xe -tara'' (and therefore its referent subset) is in the complement of the referent subset of ``xe -tara''.
^:i !jw |kseo /fi -stu -zao
This cheese is bad in flavor. In George Orwell's 1984, the language ``newspeak'' was designed to destroy the ability of people to think, and one of its design features was that negative words were eliminated; ``bad'' became ``ungood''. Gua\spi (imitating Loglan) offers specific negated words for major predicates when the negations are used frequently. Nonetheless, most negations will have to be done with compound words as in the next examples. Be alert for creative expression possibilities such as ``^:i !jw |kseo !fu -zu -dyi'' --- ``this cheese is disgusting''.
^:i !jw |kseo !fu /gl -zao
This cheese is flavorless. Many dimensions are quantifiable (more or less) but unsigned, so their degree ranges from zero to larger values. This is how to assert that the degree is zero or negligible.
^:i !jw |kseo !fu /gr -ksi
This cheese is not fresh. When the dimension ranges from positive to negative values, ``gr'' interchanges positive and negative. On occasion, ``gl'' will also apply to indicate the zero point, though it is meaningless with ``ksi-fresh''. For extremes of unfreshness one can use ``fpu-rotten''.
^:i !jw |kseo /fi -vry -can -psl
This cheese is desolidifying. When a process occurs in the reverse of the usual order, ``vry-reverse'' indicates this.

De Morgan's Rules in Quantification

Negation interacts with ``and'' and ``or'', which necessarily occur in sentences which are quantified or whose arguments have multiple referents. Therefore it is advisable to digress into some elementary symbolic logic. Here is De Morgan's rule for negation, stated four ways: (A and B are sentences)

Aand B     = not( (not A)or (not B))
(not A)and(not B)     = not( Aor B)
Aor B     = not( (not A)and(not B))
(not A)or (not B)     = not( Aand B)
Remember that in logic, ``A or B'' is true if one or both of the statements is true, unlike in English where the ``or'' generally excludes both being true.

Universal quantification means a statement is true when applied to all members of a set, of the form ``S1 and S2 and S3 and . . .'', where S1 is the statement applied to member 1 and so on. Existential quantification means that a statement is true about at least one set member, in form ``S1 or S2 or S3 or . . .'' When such statements are negated, De Morgan's rule applies. Here are some more specific examples.

^:i -kio !ji ^kseo
I have the cheese. This will be the basic example sentence. Let us make the existential quantification more explicit:
^:i -kio !ji ^kseo |zu -to
I have at least one piece of cheese. Existential quantification like this means the same as ``I have piece 1 or I have piece 2 or . . .'' for all pieces of cheese. Now the simplest negation of this sentence is simply:
^:i -sfa !kio !ji ^kseo |zu -to
It is false that I have at least one piece of cheese. This form does not suit typical speakers; we want to negate the relation word ``kio-possess'', not the whole sentence, like this:
^:i !ji /go -kio !xa -kseo
I don't have any cheese --- I don't have piece 1 and I don't have piece 2 and . . . To negate (or de-negate) a disjunction (compound sentence with ``or''), we had to change ``or'' to ``and'', producing a universal quantification. The same principle applies when you start with a universal:
^:i !xa -xe -cil /jir
All the children are here --- Child 1 is here and child 2 is here and . . . Rather than negating the whole sentence with ``sfa-false'', let us negate the predicate ``jir-here'':
^:i -go -jir !cil |zu -to
At least one of the children is not here --- Child 1 is not here or child 2 is not here or . . . In general, when you negate the predicate of a sentence involving quantification or multiple argument referents of any kind, you will also have to reverse the type of quantification or conjunction used.

Sentence Forms

Moods and Imperatives

These are the mood prefixes in gua\spi, which indicate the manner of assertion of a phrase. A top level sentence has ``ge'' on it by default unless another mood prefix appears.

geAsserted to be real or factual
^:i !vo -ge -dae !kara !fu -bal !crw |jro ^tara ^kseo If the box is open, which it is, then the rat could eat the cheese
giPotentially true; actual truth is irrelevant
^:i !vo -ge -dae !kara !fu -bal !gi -crw |jro ^tara ^kseo If the box is open then the rat could eat the cheese
goUnreal or counter to fact
^:i -go !ji /kio !tara |zey !ju I don't have your rat
guHypothetical; reality is irrelevant
^:i !ji /gu -fli ^:o -sar !gu -vlw !ji ^qyun If I could fly I would go to the moon

Closely related to the mood prefixes is the aspect operator ``tri-ritual'', a sign of a performative phrase. ``Performative'' means that by uttering the words the speaker makes something true, as in a marriage vow or the illustrated naming ceremony. Note that auto-conversion is suppressed by ``zo''; without it, the sentence would merely be the topic of a ceremony, not the ceremony itself.

^:i |zo -tri ^qo -ben /zu -xim !jw |cil(Performative:) Ben is the name of this child

In English there is an imperative mood; however, in gua\spi you make a sentence imperative by using ``jo-you'' or ``ja-we'' in the case for the actor, generally the first. These pronouns are distinguished from the non-imperative ``ju-you'' and ``je-we''. A decoration ``pli-please'' softens the command. For example,

^:i |faw ^vu -qnu !qo -josefo /jo /qma -duw !gunu !juJosepho, move your ass!
^:i |vi -pli ^jo /pin -dwoPlease be patient.

Special Features of Infinitives

In an infinitive the previous argument is replicated by default as the infinitive's first argument, while the first argument of a subordinate clause comes normally from the restricted phrase. Hence numbered cases skip over the first argument, and you must use the caselink ``so'' for any explicit first case in an infinitive or subordinate clause. In an infinitive with ``vo'' a predicate is made out of the sub-sentence that follows, including arguments and clauses. In the rare case where a sub-phrase (like a subordinate clause) must go on the infinitive predicate rather than into the sub-sentence, you can put a prefix before ``vo'', like an article, and put the clause between the article and ``vo''.

When an infinitive with ``vo'' is an argument, the main sentence asserts the relation of arguments to the infinitive's events, but does not make a separate assertion of those events. To additionally assert or deny the sub-phrase, use ``ge'' or ``go'' respectively. For example:

^:i !qo -kira /juy -xna !do ^qnou !xgnoKira allows it to hold his hand (offers --- but instead it swims away --- infinitive not asserted)
^:i !do /qou !qo -kira ^ge -qma -za -pai !cana ^ve -tum =tuen It watches as Kira bails (drains) the boat with a bucket (infinitive is also asserted)

Comparative and Superlative

Natural languages have various complicated arrangements to change a simple property to become comparative or superlative. Gua\spi does it with a predicate.

^:i !X1 /qaw -xgi !X2X1 is equally green as X2
^:i !X1 /gre -xgi !X2X1 is more green than X2
^:i !X1 /sym -xgi !X2X1 is (one of) the greenest member(s) of set X2

In the case of ``sym-superlative'' it is possible for several members to be equally green, each being greener than the remaining members. Also, a numeric predicate modifying ``sym'' produces the N'th greenest member. Here are some sentences with comparatives and superlatives:

^:i !star -fn -siriu ^qo -prosyon /gre -xgm The star Sirius is brighter than Procyon
^:i !qo -jupiter /sym -kqa !stelJupiter is the largest planet
^:i !qo -siriu /sym -xgm |cu ^xu -star |vu -sen !zu -jrer \hfil
^:i !qo -siriu /fne |cu ^sty -xgm !xu -star
Sirius is the second brightest of all stars, as seen from Earth (two ways)
^:i !qo -siriu /sym -xgm !tei !star ^qo -solSirius is the brightest star except for the Sun

Causal Sentence Connectives

^:i !tara /crw !kseo ^:o -kau !gai -tuol !kseo
The rat eats the cheese, and that causes it to be dirty. A cause is rather mechanical. Actors with free will are rarely caused to do anything, despite their protestations. Here the rat may have free will, but the cheese, caused to be dirty, certainly does not.
^:i !ji /gri !tara ^kai |kei ^kseo ^:o -kmo !qma -qtu !ji ^tara
I am angry at the rat for stealing the cheese, which motivates me to kill the rat. The theft motivates the anger and the anger motivates the planned killing. When a free agent acts it is usually because of a motivation. Here the speaker includes ``kei-crime'' in the sentence as a justification for his action. The definition of this word reminds you that it has the modal case ``tue-culture'', which presumably includes the speaker --- but not the rat.
^:i !xi -tara /qai -crw |jro ^kseo ^:o -zu -zni !vel !klo ^kseo
So that rats cannot eat the cheese, is the reason the cheese is in a closed container. A reason is an end (ending event) or consequence that motivates someone to make a starting event happen, such as keeping the cheese in the box, that will cause the consequence. The concept of ``zni-reason'' is rather slippery. First, the desired or planned consequence should be stated, not its inverse; ``^:i !xo -tara /gi -crw !kseo'' = ``A rat might eat the cheese'' is the negative of the correct consequence. Second, we say in English ``past event Y is the reason for action Z'' where the gua\spi definition of ``zni-reason'' requires ``vengeance for past event Y'' --- a future consequence of action Z. ``vou'' = ``vengeance''. Third, a ``gul-rule'' can be said to cause its reason, provided the obligees obey it.
^:i -dae !kara ^:o -sny !pwo -cyr -xyn !xi -tara ^kara
The box being open implies that a rat can go into it. The relation of logical entailment has to do with definitions and theorems, not with the arrangement of the real world or the will of its actors. ``zny-imply'' is the corresponding set operator: ``X1 is the union of X2 and the complement of X3'', where X2 and X3 can be infinitives with ``vo''. Perhaps the distinction between ``sny'' and ``zny'' is merely an artifact of old Loglan and English usage. We shall see if this is true as gua\spi matures.
^:i -dae !kara ^:o -bal !crw |jro ^tara ^kseo
If the box is open then maybe the rat will eat the cheese. This kind of fuzzy inference based on real-world consequences is what people use most often, rather than pure logic.
^:i !ji /gu -fli ^:o -sar !gu -vlw !ji ^qyun
If I could fly I would go to the moon. Necessary conditions are very commonly expressed and the logical ``if-then'' catches their true meaning poorly. Related is ``sno-sufficient''.

These are the sentence connectives most often seen. But the speaker may connect sentences with any useful word having suitable cases. And like all gua\spi words, the sentence connectives can also be useful as arguments and as modal caselinks.

Logical Sentence Connectives

Old Loglan was intended to be a ``logical language'', thereby to differ as much as possible from English. Therefore, one of its key features is support for what amounts to spoken symbolic logic. This feature is de-emphasized in gua\spi; in practice, what language users encounter most often, and stumble over, are Cartesian expansion of multiple arguments, non-commutative quantification, and complicated negations. These topics are well-supported in gua\spi. Nonetheless, set arithmetic can be performed on infinitives and the result is a set of events to which the listener's attention is drawn, just as with a more normal sentence. The logician's ``if-then'' can be realized through ``zny''. Here are some examples of logical sentence connectives:

^:i !xun !vo !ji /crw !ftu =plyw /vo !ji /crw !ftu =peirI eat an apple or I eat a pear (or both, per logic)
^:i !ji /crw !ftu !xun !plyw ^peirI eat a fruit of the apple or pear tree (better sentence)
^:i !zny !vo !xa -fma /zu -bor !cy /vo !fma /bor !jyIf a shape has void boundary then it is itself the boundary of something

Features of Thesaurus Categories

The gua\spi words have been put into groups with related meanings, for ease of learning and for ease of creation. The dictionary includes a thesaurus of these categories. Many categories have closely related cases, or certain special features, which are described below.

Abstract Comparisons

Many abstract comparisons (1.1.1) and set member words (1.1.3) include a dimension on which comparison occurs. In a compound with the dimension as sub-word, its cases merge in an unusual manner. Considering the dimension to be single-ended (e.g. a color, as opposed to a directional property), its first case is applied to several arguments as noted in the definitions, e.g.

^:i !X1 /qaw -xgi !X2X1 is equally green as X2
^:i !X1 /gre -xgi !X2X1 is more green than X2
^:i !X1 /sym -xgi !X2X1 is (one of) the greenest member(s) of set X2

``xgi-green'' is applied to both X1 and X2 in the first and second sentence. This is described as a ``dual merge''. In the last sentence, ``xgi-green'' is applied to X1 and to members of X2. The dictionary indicates all these special merges.

``stl-list'' involves a dimension which is applied pairwise to members of the list, indicating the ordering.

``qaw-equally'' has a very unusual definition: the first case is an infinitive into whose first case the rest of the cases are copied in turn; the predicate means that all the arguments fit in the infinitive equally. Normally the predicate of this infinitive is provided by compounding, as in the example above.


For several words in category 1.1.2 (sets) of the form ``(set) X1 is a (whatever)'', you can make a compound ``vdr =W'' to get the members.

When ``xy'' (in-mind set) is the default article for a case, then if the referents are sets the default changes automatically to ``xe'' (in-mind in extension). But ``xu'' (whole set) does not change to ``xa'' (same in extension) because in math functions the usual occupant of such a case is supposed to be a set of equal-count sets.

The predicates ``tla-set'' and ``stl-list'' have a special arrangement of cases. They mean ``X1 is a set (in extension) or list (ordered) consisting of members X2, X3, X4,  . . .'', as many cases as needed. If X2 etc. have multiple referents in extension (which must be ordered for ``stl''), all referents go in the set or list. Five or six words have this ``as many as needed'' argument list.


Noncomparative Properties are distinguished in Loglan from the Comparative Properties in that it is not useful to say that X is more <whatever> than Y; for example, X is more dead than Y. For this reason Loglan Comparative Properties each have a case for the compared item and Noncomparative Properties do not. Nonetheless, many of its members may actually be used comparatively (like ``ksu-delicious'') and the distinction is rather artificial. In gua\spi, Properties do not have comparative arguments.

Directional Properties (1.5): These are often compounded with motion words, in which the moving case is related to the destination. (Special case: ``tai-outside'' merges with the start point. Examples in ``Compound Words''.) Note that the polarity (e.g. up/down) in such compounds is often backwards from English.

Timelike Directional Properties (1.5.3): These are the relation words for the tense modal case.


Abstract Behaviors(2.1): These have the form ``X1 does (vo) X2+1'', in which X1 is automatically replicated as the first case of the infinitive ``vo X2''.

Double Actor Transitive Activities (2.1.3): These have the prototype ``X1 makes X2 do (vo) X3+2'', in which X2 is automatically replicated as the first case of ``vo X3''.

Games for Two Players (2.1.4): Generally you will want to use a reciprocal construction like this, unless the relation really is unilateral:

^:i !qo -jan ^fe -qo -mery /kul !vr -zdmoJohn and Mary kissed each other

Motion Words (2.2): The prototype is ``X1 goes to X2 (destination) from X3 (start point) via X4 (route)''. Since motion words are complicated, effort has been put in to make them all regular. They are very frequently combined with directional properties, q.v.

Transitive Motion Words (2.2.3): The prototype is ``X1 makes X2 go to X3 from X4 via X5'', and again they are all regular. Directional properties relate X2, the mover, with X3, the start point.

Quasi-motions and Routes (2.2.4): The routes are set up as regular motion words. The quasi-motions can profitably be compounded with motion words.

Communication and Mental Activity (2.3): The pattern ``X1 knows that X2 is (vo) X3+2'' is common, with X2 merging as the first case of X3. However, quite a few predicates in this category have different patterns, so watch out.

Transitive Activities with an Object (2.4): A number of these words have an X3 case for a tool or means which is typically filled by a transitive compound, as in:

^:i !ji /fey =cuem !kliwI pound on the nail (hammer hit)

Things and Materials

Animals and Plants (3.1): These have just one argument. The animals and plants category has been extended to include a primitive for each phylum, or at least most of them.

Body Parts (3.2): These have the prototype ``X1 is a (part) of creature X2*''.

Materials (3.3): Almost all of these are of the form ``(xo) X1 is a serving/portion of (material)''. The ``xo'' appears by default when the word is used as an argument, unless the containing sentence provides a default article other than the usual ``xe''.

Places, Seasons and Weather (3.5): Places mostly have the form ``X1 is a (place) of locality or superset X2''.

Containers (4.1.1) and Cooking and Eating (4.1.2): These have the form ``X1 is a container containing (xo) X2*''. Constructions like ``spoonful'' are handled with ``ful-contained quantity'', like this:

^:i !ji /crw !ze -kme |ful =spunI take a spoonful of medicine

Transport (4.1.4), Machines (4.1.5), and Parts of Structures (4.1.7): Many of these are like body parts: ``X1 is a (part) of structure X2*''.

Houses (4.1.8): House parts are as above. Houses themselves have the form ``X1 is a (house) of resident X2*''.

Cloth and Parts of Clothes (4.2.2): Parts are as above. Cloth has the form ``(xo) X1 is a portion of (cloth)''.

Food (4.3): Mostly of the form ``(xo) X1 is a serving/portion of (food)''.

Works of Art (4.4.1): All have the form ``X1 is a (thing) about X2 created by X3 and performed by X4''. X2 may be an event or a thing; there is no ``vo'' default. X4 is present only on relevant words such as ``jiul-drama''.

Miscellaneous Categories

Nationalities (4.7.1): Loglan has words for nationalities, for the languages spoken there, and for the basis money unit of the nation. But only about fifteen arbitrarily chosen nations are supported, mainly European ones. Gua\spi uses foreign names for these concepts, through ``zina-nation'', ``gua-language'', and ``cni-money''. ``spi-person'' translates the usual self-referential word in primitive languages for ethnic members of that culture.

Business (4.7.3): A number of these words have the form ``X1 (sells) goods or services X2 to other trader X3 for amount of money (xu) X4''.

Most Frequent Words

So far, the corpus of gua\spi text available for analysis consists of 3140 words of fiction representing a teenager setting up a small business and interacting with younger children, parents, customers and girlfriend. I originally wrote this story in Loglan to test various features, and it is known that word frequencies will differ in other topics. However, this text gives some guidance about which words a beginner should be sure to learn.

Word Count Meaning
 Structure Words
:i 259 Sentence start
zu 89 2nd case conversion
ql 55 Speaker \leftrightarrow listener
fi 43 Grammar to level zero
va 39 Subordinate assertion
sa 35 3rd caselink
qo 33 Foreign name
qa 31 Pop modal stack
fe 30 Conjunction
:a 29 Next sent in sequence
qe 28 Stack modal default
xo 28 Article ``any''
:e 26 Sentence conjunction
:o 24 Retroactive downjump
vo 23 Infinitive
za 21 3rd case conversion
gr 18 Linear negation
gl 17 Polar negation
xi 17 Article ``typical''
qi 14 Replace modal default
vi 14 Attitude indicator
fy 13 Retroactive downjump
vu 11 Restrictive clause
xa 11 Article ``all''
179 Variables
ji 132 Me
ju 77 You
jo 48 You (imperative)
zgly 24 Previous sentence
jw 20 Object being shown
po 17 Yes-no question
vgry 15 Question sentence
jy 10 Anonymous variable
Modal Cases
jai 56 Speaker and listener
xim 25 Name
bir 23 Past tense
jro 21 Future tense
gza 18 Paragraph
bwy 16 Different
cnu 13 Present tense
pli 13 Please
qnu 13 Pay attention
faw 12 Emphatic
Words in Compounds
qma 45 Transitive conversion
can 25 Change to become
co 25 Various digits
fto 14 Such (more than usual)
cyr 13 Go
tai 12 Outside
gre 11 More (comparative)
kau 11 Cause (sent. conn.)
pql 11 Only (less than usual)
jur 10 Turn
xyn 8 Inside
zni 8 Reason (sent. conn.)
Story Topic Words
tye 16 Adhere
dowu 15 House
kmaw 15 Shop
cil 14 Child
vem 14 Trouble
crw 13 Eat
jaiw 13 Eye
tlme 12 Metal
cun 11 Connect
tiri 10 Tiger

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