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All about lƎabEl

Our differentiated earthly language

The creator self abides beyond the clouds over the Tower of Babel. Surely deep down we all remember the language we used to speak as we were building the Tower of Babel. A true creator is the master of contradictory elements yet undifferentiated into manifested world and so nowhere is truly his home but heavens. The creator self manifested Logos and so our vivid world was born.

In our today “differentiated” language we incorporate uncountable dual concepts that are essential to the perceived world of diversified and contradictory parts - the world of knowledge of good and evil. In my opinion language today is not useful enough for expression and exchange of intent. Apart from the numerousness of languages and their boundary to time and place, languages are apt to provoke pre-justice, unbalance and uncertainty to a degree that sometimes they even stop serving their purpose of communicating knowledge. For example consider these so-called "informative" expression, each accompanied by a question challenging the instability of our differentiated language:

  • The sky is blue. (Is it?)

  • The sky is blue at day time (really?)

  • The sky is sometimes blue (everywhere?)

  • The sky is sometimes blue on earth (does it from all viewpoints?)

  • The sky seems blue to human kind on earth (...and so on...)

It should be noted that knowledge is also dual in nature and there exist many practical concepts not presentable by words - especially practical concepts.

I think human beings are eager toward human communication - as an important feature of creation. And this feature has an important result of ensuring that their own species will survive through years and centuries. I guess in this communicational infrastructure the meaning has a second importance if any at all. e.g. in above example of “The sky is blue” nobody cares if the sky is blue or not and I think such expression is more interrogative or exclamatory than declarative a sentence. The speaker here may be a passenger trying to communicate to another stranger and he means “I like you. Let’s start talking!”. Or the speaker may be an astronomer proposing “The sky seems blue to me. Let’s investigate more”. And the speaker may be a poet implying “A vast blue thing like sky provokes my sensations deeply!”

lƎabEl language

As an artist I have spent a great deal of time expressing myself. And no doubt the way of the artist is the way of the creator. Means of expression are numerous. But the realm of words is a tricky one as I outlined by “The sky is blue” example earlier.

To adopt the way of creator I decided to construct an undifferentiated language apposite for a creator. I called it lƎabEl (adj: lƎabElish). In this language I have tried to balance every word by its opposite and instead of "word", I introduced the concept of Brick - consisting of two fused opposites words into one word-compound. lƎabEl looks like this:


hello/bye our/your friend/foe!
our/your world/void maybe in/out your/our chest/genitals.
this/that maybe the/nil word/peace of balance/kaos.
nay/aye good/evil. maybe man/woman.
all/none way/abyss: false/true. all/none idea/illusion: false/true.
maybe you/I. our/your love/fear... our/your life/death... our/your man/woman.
I/you embrace/abandon you/I. I/you sleep/wake in/out I/you and/nor die/live in/out I/you.


lƎabEl: A constructed writing language, aiming to reconstruct the Tower of Babel by finding opposite concepts in harmony. The native language of Salim Ghazi Saeedi's world.

lƎabElish: lƎabEl and lƎabElish represent the same concept since lƎabEl has no specific nation. lƎabEl people are the living words themselves - that are human beings.

Brick: Word in lƎabEl language. A building block of the Tower of Babel benefiting lƎabEl users to accomplish the unfinished task. Each Brick is represents in its Base language a compound of two concepts (half-Bricks). e.g. ϱoodıʌɘ="good/evil".

half-Brick: Represents an unbalanced concept, like good - that will be balanced by another half-brick, bad - into ϱoodıʌɘ

Desire: Sentence in lƎabElish. A sequence of bricks (lƎabElish words) manifesting creator’s desire like “Sky/abyss maybe black/blue”

Base language: The language which lƎabElish "Desire" is based upon. e.g. English or other languages.

Rest: The desires are timeless. In between desires there is time for rest and breath taking. Rests are shown by specific symbols presented in dictionary. Equivalent for punctuation in English.

Treasury: The summation of lƎabElish vocabulary.

Psi (Ψ): The God abiding above the mythical Tower of Babel. Ψ is the Brick for "you/I" in lƎabElish.


lƎabEl language incorporates one word (Brick) for each pair of opposite concept (half-Bricks). A word in lƎabEl vocabulary has the following characteristics:

  • Juxtaposition of opposites: It should contain both opposite words related to one concept. e.g. if it is intended to write “bad” you should create a ambigram of both bad and good words in a single term. in this case: baqood (=bad+good) or ϱoodıʌɘ (=good+evil)

  • Visual implication of opposites: It should visually imply to visual representation of two opposite words (half-bricks). In a glance the mind is able to recognize a “q” as a “g”. So these letters are irreplaceable if needed.

  • Indirect association: Bricks letters should be chosen in a way not to directly imply to Base language words themselves. e.g. in world/viod brick, worlpıov is preferred to worldıov. Since the latter directly stimulates the reader's mind to the word "world" and weakens the unconsciousness associations in reader's mind.

  • Letter fusing: The letters could fuse together or imply to more than one letter. e.g. Ψ represents both I and U. + represents both t and I (or l, little L). b could represent b,d,p,q

  • Freedom of base language: lƎabEl language could be based on any language known to man (this is called Base Language) as long as the reader’s mind is apt distinguishing it. In current texts English is chosen.

  • Unicode based: The characters required for representing letters should be Unicode based for ease of data transmission.

  • E-prime compatibility: lƎabEl language is e-prime compatible. No “to be” verb is used. Maybe (ƎaYbE) is preferred instead.

  • Visual simplification: It is possible to drop a letter if it does not affect the visual representation of the half-brick. e.g. call=cal

  • Not Speakability: lƎabEl is not intended to be human speakable. It is merely a writing system.

  • Decisive element of aesthetics: Aesthetics is a decisive element in choosing between possible combinations of letters that form each half-Brick.

  • Circularity: Ideally half-Bricks should fuse together in a way that visually imply a circular and symmetric form. e.g. "ƎaYbE" or "poຕທd".

  • Synopticism: The shortest and simplest forms are preferable. e.g. In long combinations like friend+enemy, creative combinations like this could be used: ƒoɼenp (friend/foe). In this case the last letter do not act as a mirroring element but it is flipper in order to take the visual form into a more indirect form.

  • Use of superscripts: Using superscripts as in ƒoɼenp helps creating more difficult combinations between half-Bricks. The mentioned Brick is friend/foe. Notice how 'f" is used in both words while superscripts help distinguishing the "foe" half-Brick.

  • Fusion of commons: In combination of half-Bricks, presence of common letter(s) or some visual representation is mandatory. Most occasionally choosing one or more common letters between two half-Bricks helps the combination more strong and aesthetic. Experience shows by being creative at least one common feature could always be found.

  • Extremity of opposition: An opposite half-Brick should be chosen as representing the opposite concept of the other Brick in its most abstract, universal and fundamental form possible. Like being/not being or life/death. The goal is to pull strings in reader's unconsciousness about such opposites. e.g. “world” is balanced by nothing less than “void”: worlpıov

  • Ego defying: Proper names are balanced not according to meaning. e.g. Human names should be balanced by mirroring the name and adding two "I"s in each side. Example: Salim is rendered “IɯᴉlɐsI” This also puts an emphasis on the egoistic nature of the proper name involved.
    Letter design rules:

  • Line negation: “-“ could represent negation. e.g. “r” implies “are” hence “r“ implies “are not”

Using letters from different languages

Using letters from different languages helps lƎabEl to serve its own purpose at its best - as it evokes the spirit of different languages for presentation of one meaning through a language the reader understands (Base Language). It is ideal if the lƎabElish text is written trying through hieroglyphs of the most diverse languages possible as Base languages. Let's say attempting to revive the Tower of Babel by the same means it became destroyed: Language.

(C) Salim Ghazi Saeedi 2010-2011