Excerpt from Loria: Fall, 1943
Basic English consists of 850 words, of which 600 are names of things, 150 names of qualities and 100 operational words. It lays no claims to being an exhaustive listing, because if it were, where would be the reason for our use of the rest of the language? It is not all syllables. Yet, you can say almost anything in Basic and it is still good English. This is a point to be stressed, it will not impair the English language, it can easily serve as an introduction into General English. Basic is by no means a closed off area.
There is a General Basic English dictionary, giving the sense of 20 thousand other English words in Basic. It has supplementary word lists for science, for economics, for the study of English poetry, for the Bible. In this way, students with special interests can approach them through Basic. A whole literature is being built up in Basic. Here it might be interesting to compare the Magnificat as we know it and the Magnificat in the Basic English Bible.
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