I get where you're coming from Paul.  In fact this is not a totally original idea, as various natlangs have been put forward as potential auxlang candidates over the years.

I personally would not choose Tok Pisin, because I think it would be derided as a "pidgin English" the world over (and especially in English-speaking lands).  Instead I would go with Papiamentu:
which is an ideal blend of English, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch.  It already works great in the Dutch Antilles and could be put into immediate worldwide use.
My only caveat is that we should ask the native speakers' permission first.


Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2012 23:30:00 -0400
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Subject: A different approach
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So far constructed auxlangs haven't really reached wide usage. Another possibility for an auxlang would be a living, natural language. Though it would give some people an advantage, it would be worth it the speaking population reached 5 billion within 30 years. I don't know if this can happen with a natural language or not, but I propose the use of Tok Pisin as an auxlang. I also propose that *all* efforts currently being invested in constructing auxlangs be reallocated to promoting the use of Tok Pisin or whatever other language is selected.

I don't speak Tok Pisin. However, it's phonology isn't too bad for the purposes of an auxlang. I'm not an expert on the language.

Paul Nuttall