Voksigid was an attempt to construct a predicate language of a different
type from those which had gone before. The first predicate language
(Loglan, developed by James Cooke Brown),
and its descendant Lojban,
developed by Robert LeChevalier, both used word order to mark
the various places in the predication. I felt that remembering which
position meant which role in the predication might be beyond easy
memorization for most people. In October 1991 I made a proposal to the Conlang group putting forward
some ideas for a language that I envisioned. I assembled a development committee
following that post, and for several months we worked on the language, which we
named Voksigid. The language has a syntax which
was (as mentioned in the proposal letter) somewhat influenced by Japanese (but
reversed; Japanese is verb-last and postpositional, Voksigid is verb-first
and prepositional), and a vocabulary based mostly on European
After some time, I became aware that many of the ideas we were using in the
construction of Voksigid resembled the theory of case grammar propounded by Charles J. Fillmore (See also
site for more about Fillmore. Note that he was also interested in Japanese!). Had
we been working longer on this project, perhaps there would have been more use of
Fillmore's ideas; if anyone would like to consider restoring the Voksigid project, I
would certainly recommend some study of those ideas.)
The project was formally ended in a message I submitted as a final report to the Conlang group on July 23, 1992.
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