|Created by||Rikichi (Fuishiki) Okamoto|
|Setting and usage||international auxiliary language|
|Sources||a priori language|
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Babm (pronounced [bɔˈɑːbɔmu]) is an international auxiliary language created by the Japanese philosopher Rikichi [Fuishiki] Okamoto (1885–1963). Okamoto first published the language in his 1962 book, Universal Auxiliary Language Babm, but the language has not caught on even within the constructed language community, and does not have any known current speakers. The language uses the Latin script as a syllabary: each letter marks an entire syllable rather than a single phoneme. To readers used to the Latin script, this creates a rather oddly compacted script with far more consonant letters than vowel letters.
The language has in common with some 17th-century artificial languages an over-riding concern with taxonomy, and providing a universally consistent set of names for chemicals, etc.; the author's "scientific" preoccupation is a contrast to the socio-political mandate of Esperanto, although the 1962 book is certainly not lacking in statements about world peace.
[Babm:] V pajio ci htaj, lrid cga coig pegayx pe bamb ak cop pbagt.
[English:] I am reading this book, which is very interestingly written in Babm by a predominant scholar.
[Babm:] Dedh cjis beg kobp.
[English:] Time causes youth to be old.
- Okamoto, R. (1962). Universal auxiliary language, Babm. The author. Retrieved 2014-12-15.
- "à bas le ciel: BABM: Japan's (inspiring?) answer to Esperanto". A-bas-le-ciel.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
- Arika Okrent, 2009, In the Land of Invented Languages, p. 14, Random House Digital.
- Okrent, 2009, op. cit. supra, p. 16.
- Okamoto, Rikichi [Fuishiki] (1962). Universal auxiliary language, Babm. Tokyo: The author. [Author appears as Fuishiki Okamoto.]
- Okamoto, Rikichi [Fuishiki] (1964). Sekaigogakuron. Tokyo: Minseikan. [In Japanese.]
- Babm: The Simplest Auxiliary Language (excerpts from the 1962 book)
- "Babm and Lin" by Ray Brown
- The first 25 pages of Universal Auxiliary Language Babm
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