- Hyphenation: briv‧la
brivla (plural brivla)
- (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 0966028309 
- 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 
- a. 2003, Pierre Abbat  
- (grammar) brivla (“content words”)
- There are three different varieties of brivla
- brivla dictionary query & jbovlaste for brivla (for licensing information see Template:Lojban copyright)
- Notes: Derived from bridi (“predication”) and valsi (“word”), deleting b3, as we are speaking of the relationship independent of particular arguments. In Lojban, such words must end in a vowel and contain a consonant cluster within the first five letters (not counting y). Not all words that can be used as a selbri (“predicate”) (for instance members of go'a ) are brivla.