OGDEN's BASIC ENGLISH
If one were to take the 25,000 word Oxford Pocket English
Dictionary and take away the redundancies of our rich
language and eliminate the words that can be made by putting
together simpler words, we find that 90% of the
concepts in that dictionary can be achieved with 850 words.
The shortened list makes simpler the effort to learn
spelling and pronunciation irregularities. The rules
of usage are identical to full English so that the
practitioner communicates in perfectly good, but simple, English.
We call this simplified language Basic English, the developer
is Charles K. Ogden, and was released in 1930 with the book:
Basic English: A General Introduction with Rules and Grammar.
He founded the Orthological Institute to develop the tools
for teaching Basic English. His most famous associate, I.A. Richards,
led the effort in the Orient, which uses the techniques
to this day.
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