Basic English

Basic English
a simplified form of English restricted to an 850-word vocabulary and a few rules of grammar, intended esp. as an international auxiliary language and for use in teaching English as a foreign language: devised by Charles Kay Ogden.

* * *

      simplified form of English developed between 1926 and 1930 by the British writer and linguist Charles Kay Ogden (Ogden, C.K.). Intended for use as an international second language, it enjoyed some popularity for more than a decade, but subsequently the language was little used.

      Basic English derives its vocabulary and grammar from English but reduces both to a remarkable extent: there are 850 basic vocabulary items, 600 of which are nouns and 150 of which are adjectives. The remaining 100 are operative words such as “can,” “do,” “across,” “after,” “to,” “the,” “all,” “if,” “not,” and “very.” Only 18 verbs are used, and these are conjugated as in standard English; but through combination with nonverbs these 18 verbs can replace about 4,000 standard English verbs (e.g., “put together” for “assemble” or “combine”; “make up” for “invent”; “take pictures” for “photograph”). There are only a few rules concerned with formation of plurals, comparative degrees of adjectives, and use of such prefixes and suffixes as un-, -er, -ing, -ed, and -ly. Features of the language are dealt with in Ogden's books Basic English (1930), The Basic Words (1932), and The ABC of Basic English (1932).

* * *

Universalium. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать реферат

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Basic English — Basic English, also known as Simple English, is an English based controlled language created (in essence as a simplified subset of English) by linguist and philosopher Charles Kay Ogden as an international auxiliary language, and as an aid for… …   Wikipedia

  • Basic English — ist eine von Charles Kay Ogden geschaffene, vereinfachte Form der Englischen Sprache mit stark verkleinertem Vokabular. Die Englischvariante wird manchmal auch als Plansprache bezeichnet, da diese Form des Englischen einst als Welthilfssprache… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Basic English — n. [B(ritish), A(merican), S(cientific), I(nternational), C(ommercial)] a simplified form of the English language, devised around 1930 by Brit. linguist and writer C. K. Ogden (1889 1957), and proposed for use as an international auxiliary… …   English World dictionary

  • basic-english — ● basic english nom masculin invariable (acronyme de British American Scientific International Commercial) Forme simplifiée de l anglais, à vocation universelle, créée par C. K. Ogden et I. A. Richards vers 1930. (La morphologie et la syntaxe ont …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • BASIC English — Anglais basic Pour les articles homonymes, voir Basic. L anglais basic (pour British American Scientific International Commercial) est un sous ensemble très restreint (850 mots) de la langue anglaise qui forme en soi une nouvelle langue… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Basic English — noun a simplified form of English proposed for use as an auxiliary language for international communication; devised by C. K. Ogden and I. A. Richards • Hypernyms: ↑artificial language * * * ˌBasic ˈEnglish 7 [Basic English] noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • Basic English — Ba|sic Eng|lish auch: Ba|sic En|glish 〈[bɛısık ı̣ŋglıʃ] n.; ; unz.〉 von C. K. Ogden (1889 1957) entwickelte, vereinfachte Form des Englischen mit 850 Grundwörtern [engl., „Grund Englisch“] * * * Basic English   [ beɪsɪk ɪȖglɪʃ; englisch… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Basic English — Ba|sic Eng|lish [ beisik iŋgliʃ] das; <aus gleichbed. engl. basic English, eigtl. »Grundenglisch«> vereinfachte Form des Englischen mit einem Grundwortschatz von 850 Wörtern u. wenig Grammatik (von dem engl. Psychologen C. K. Ogden zur… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • Basic English — Langue anglaise simplifiée La langue anglaise étant une langue très utilisée pour la communication, y compris avec les personnes dont ce n est pas la langue maternelle, plusieurs projets de simplification de cette langue ont vu le jour. On trouve …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Basic English — /ˌbeɪsɪk ˈɪŋglɪʃ/ (say .baysik ingglish) noun a simplified English with a restricted vocabulary, intended as an international auxiliary language and for use in teaching English …  

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”