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Babel

(bā`bəl) [Heb.,=confused], in the Bible, place where Noah's descendants (who spoke one language) tried to build a tower reaching up to heaven to make a name for themselves. For this presumption the speech of the builders was confused, thus ending the project. The story was perhaps originally an etiological tale explaining the diversity of languages and cultures, but, due to Israel's experience of the exile, now contains significant polemic against the presumption of Babylon, which is Babel in Hebrew.

Babel

where God confounded speech of mankind. [O.T.: Genesis 11:7–9]

Babel

1
Issak Emmanuilovich 1894--1941, Russian short-story writer, whose works include Stories from Odessa(1924) and Red Cavalry (1926)

Babel

2
Old Testament
a. a tower presumptuously intended to reach from earth to heaven, the building of which was frustrated when Jehovah confused the language of the builders (Genesis 11:1--10)
b. the city, probably Babylon, in which this tower was supposedly built

BABEL

(1)
A subset of ALGOL 60, with many ALGOL W extensions.

["BABEL, A New Programming Language", R.S. Scowen, Natl Phys Lab UK, Report CCU7, 1969].

BABEL

(2)
Mentioned in The Psychology of Computer Programming, G.M. Weinberg, Van Nostrand 1971, p.241.

BABEL

(3)
A language based on higher-order functions and first-order logic.

["Graph-Based Implementation of a Functional Logic Language", H. Kuchen et al, Proc ESOP 90, LNCS 432, Springer 1990, pp.271-290].

["Logic Programming with Functions and Predicates: The Language BABEL", Moreno-Navarro et al, J Logic Prog 12(3) (Feb 1992)].
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