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Learned borrowing from Lojban brivla.


  • Hyphenation: briv‧la


brivla (plural brivla)

  1. (Lojban grammar) A Lojban predicate word. Specifically, a word which may be used to express a selbri relation (a statement of truth of one kind or another) between a number of arguments. Gismu, lujvo and fu'ivla are all brivla.
    Brivla are "content words", i.e., categorematic. When acting as selbri they are roughly comparable to verbs (or adjectives (or even nouns), if the selbri's arity is one), and when acting as sumti (e.g., due to being prefixed with "le") they are comparable to nouns. If a brivla modifies another one (thereby forming a "tanru"), the modifying brivla would be comparable to an adverb or adjective (*), depending on whether the modified brivla is acting as selbri or sumti, respectively. // Footnote: (*) - the modifying brivla could instead be comparable, in some cases, to the modified brivla's predicate.
    • 1997, John W. Cowan, The Complete Lojban Language ↑ISBN [1]
      They often have no semantic meaning in themselves, though they may affect the semantics of brivla to which they are attached.
    • a. 2001, Richard Curnow [2]
      Fix major bugs in the lexical analysis for cmafi'e (brivla mis-scanned as sequences of cmavo joined together.)
    • a. 2003, Pierre Abbat [3] [4]
      Currently, it lexes cmene, cmavo, and brivla, and checkes [sic] cmene and cmavo for validity, but does not do full validity checking of brivla.


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The lujvo (compound word) brivla is derived from bri + vla (rafsi of the gismu. bridi (sentence, predication) + rafsi of the gismu valsi (word).)



  1. (grammar) brivla (content words)
    There are three different varieties of brivla (categorematic words)
    1. those which are built into the language (the gismu (root word)),
    2. those which are derived from combinations of the gismu (root word) (the lujvo (compound predicate word)), and
    3. those which are taken (usually in a modified form) from other languages (the fu'ivla (loanword)).