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Adam-man is an international auxiliary language that was designed & promoted by Albert Webster Edgerly, under the pseudonym Edmund Shaftesbury some time during the late 19th century. His work was published in 1903 under the title The Adam-man Tongue, the Universal Language of the Human Race.

Edgerly was a well educated man and he presented his ideas and his work very nicely, but he was no language inventor. In the 600+ pages of his book, which contains his plan for universal adoption of Adam-man as a universal interlanguage, a rambling treatise on the phonology of English, grammar lessons, practical exercises, short and long lexicons, written text samples (in print as well as cursive), he as much as says Adam-man is just simplified English with a horrific alphabet to write it with.

The basics: all verbs and nouns are reduced to "regular" forms. There are no strong verbs or strong nouns. Verbal morphology is reduced to two forms, ROOT and ROOT + -ed. Nouns all take -ez or -s in the plural. Adam-man is a little more innovative in the pronoun department, where the 2nd person is re-divided into proper singular and plural:

1      ik      noo
2      yoo     voo
3      vey     vey
3m     heek
3f     hek
3n     it

Numerals are also innovative as compared to English:

1   wun
2   tood
3   ter
4   for
5   faiv
6   sig
7   sen
8   yeyt
9   nain
10  ten

An example of Adam-man from the book:

Adamman Example Text.jpg

Adam-man Manifesto & Grammar

External Links

  • Webster Edgerly - inventor (if inventor be the appropriate term) of Adam-man
  • Ralstonism - Edgerly was heavily involved in a variety of pursuits, among which were ethnically motivated dietary regimens, self-help books, personal magnetism (mind control), euthanasia movement, and a pure race ideology