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Cniglic (Emotional English), a Subset of Lojban
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Lojbanistan
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Cniglic (SHNEE-gleesh) is a subset of Lojban which I discovered roaming wild in Lojbanistan. I am now trying to tame it & structure it, for use both as an entryway to the full Lojban and as a useful language in its own right. It consists of approximately 93 words:


39 Basic Emotional Scales:

.ai - eye - intent - indecision - rejection/refusal
.au - ow - desire - indifference - reluctance
.a'a - AH-ha - attentive - inattentive - avoiding
.a'e - AH-heh - alertness - exhaustion
.a'i - AH-hee - effort - no special effort - repose
.a'o - AH-ho - hope - despair
.a'u - AH-hoo - interest - disinterest - repulsion
.ei - ey - obligation - freedom
.e'a - EH-ha - granting permission - prohibiting
.e'e - EH-heh - competence - incompetence/inability
.e'i - EH-hee - constraint - indepdendence - challenge/resistance against constraint
.e'o - EH-ho - request - negative request
.e'u - EH-hoo - suggestion - abandon suggest - warning
.ia - ya - belief - skepticism - disbelief
.ie - yeh - agreement - disagreement
.ii - yee - fear - security
.io - yo - respect - disrespect
.iu - yoo - love - no love lost - hatred
.i'a - EE-ha - acceptance - blame
.i'e - EE-heh - approval - non-approval - disapproval
.i'i - EE-hee - togetherness - privacy
.i'o - EE-ho - appreciation - envy
.i'u - EE-hoo - familiarity - mystery
.oi - oy - complaint - pleasure
.o'a - OH-ha - pride - modesty/humility - shame
.o'i - OH-hee - caution - rashness
.o'e - OH-heh - closeness - distance
.o'o - OH-ho - patience - mere tolerance - anger
.o'u - OH-hoo - relaxation - composure - stress
.ua - wa - discovery - confusion/searching
.ue - weh - surprise - not really surprised - expectation
.ui - wee - happiness - unhappiness
.uo - wo - completion - incompleteness
.uu - woo - pity - cruelty
.u'a - OO-ha - gain - loss
.u'e - OO-heh - wonder - commonplace
.u'i - OO-hee - amusement - weariness
.u'o - OO-ho - courage - timidity - cowardice
.u'u - OO-hoo - repentance - innocence - lack of regret


2 Basic Variations:

cu'i - SHOE-hee - neutral midpoint of scale
nai - nigh - opposite end of scale


3 Levels of Intensity:

ru'e - ROO-heh - weak
sai - sigh - strong
cai - shy - extreme


6 Categories:

ro'a - RO-ha - social
ro'e - RO-heh - mental
ro'i - RO-hee - emotional
ro'o - RO-ho - physical
ro'u - RO-hoo - sexual
re'e - REH-heh - spiritual


10 Modifiers:

be'u - BEH-hoo - lack/need - presence/satisfaction - satiation
fu'i - FOO-hee - easy - difficult
ga'i - GA-hee - hauteur - equal rank - meekness
ju'o - ZHOO-ho - certainty - uncertainty - impossibility
le'o - LEH-ho - aggressive - passive - defensive
ri'e - REE-heh - release of emotion - emotion restraint
se'a - SEH-ha - self-sufficiency - dependency
se'i - SEH-hee - self-oriented - other-oriented
vu'e - VOO-heh - virtue - sin
zo'o - ZO-ho - humorously - dully - seriously


6 Structural Words:

bu'o - BOO-ho - start emotion - continue emotion - end emotion
dai - dye - marks empathetic use of preceding attitudinal; shows another's feelings
fu'e - FOO-heh - begin explicit scope
fu'o - FOO-ho - end explicit scope
ge'e - GEH-heh - unspecified emotion
pei - pay - emotion question


11 Evidentials:

ba'a - BA-ha - I expect - I experience - I remember
ca'e - SHA-heh - I define
ja'o - ZHA-ho - I conclude
ju'a - ZHOO-ha - I state - (default) elliptical/non-specific basis
ka'u - KA-hoo - I know by cultural means (myth or custom)
pe'i - PEH-hee - I opine (subjective claim)
ru'a - ROO-ha - I postulate
se'o - SEH-ho - I know by internal experience (dream, vision, or personal revelation)
su'a - SOO-ha - I generalize - I particularize; discursive: abstractly - concretely
ti'e - TEE-heh - I hear (hearsay)
za'a - ZA-ha - I observe


16 Discursives:

ba'u - BA-hoo - exaggeration - accuracy - understatement
da'i - DA-hee - supposing - in fact
do'a - DO-ha - generously - parsimoniously
je'u - ZHEH-hoo - truth - falsity
ke'u - KEH-hoo - repeating - continuing
la'a - LA-ha - probability - improbability
li'a - LEE-ha - clearly - obscurely
mu'a - MOO-ha - for example - omitting - end examples
pa'e - PA-heh - justice - prejudice
ra'u - RA-hoo - chiefly - equally - incidentally
sa'e - SA-heh - precisely speaking - loosely speaking
sa'u - SA-hoo - simply - elaborating
ta'o - TA-ho - by the way - returning to main point
to'u - TO-hoo - in brief - in detail
va'i - VA-hee - in other words - in the same words
zu'u - ZOO-hoo - on the one hand - on the other hand


A little more info:

The BPFK (baupla fuzykamni, language-plan responsible-committee) is working on a Lojban dictionary. Here's various relevant sections:

Realis Attitudinals

Irrealis Attitudinals

Evidentials

Discursives

Attitudinal Specifiers

Intensifiers

The classic work on Lojban is The Complete Lojban Language by (mostly) John Cowan. Chapter 13 is about attitudinals.

And as far as I know, that's it! There have been a lot of discussions here & there about the meaning of the various words, but I don't know of any other formal writing that goes into attitudinals in particular. As Cniglic develops more, I hope that someday we can put together a dictionary of Cniglic, with lots of examples & illustrations & everything.

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