Basic English Institute
PROJECT 202 -- COMMON ENGLISH WORDS
202 . Common English Words
Side by side comparison of the most common 1000 words with the
BE 1000 words. Where the Basic Word is missing, include the Basic translation
in a different font/color. Where there is no English word for the Basic word,
this becomes an example of why the common word approach to language is
flawed. Prepare a report. I suspect it will confirm Ogden's theory of selected
words is more useful than are the most used words. But the "word count' school
might have something going for it and we might learn something to help make
Basic better. The word count statistics will be helpful to
the 21st Century Words project and information to support that project should
accumulated for reference. See 315 and 452.
Reference: BNC Word Frequency -- the most frequent 50 words are 43.4% of total word usage ; 48 are Basic, 43% of all usage.
Do it again with the most common 2,000 words vs. the Basic 2,000.
Where there are gaps in common words for concepts that Ogden shows are
necessary for living expression, make up some examples for use in "selling"
If the common words have much merit, include them as a column in our simplified
language comparisons worksheet. Showing the gap that common words
have within the Universal Language Dictionary definitions can be of some small valuable, but there might be many duplicate words for
the most common subjects which could clutter the serious considered word lists of
rival, simplified vocabularies. Perhaps a separate report.
Sources : A rather complete update was done by COBUILD and is used by the Longman
Defining Vocabulary, also based on GSL, all three are very similar, to provide a much larger vocabulary intended for students whose native language is English.
We did a spreadsheet comparing vocabularies from several leading language sources -- with UDP, EWE, Cobuild, Longman, GS available as OtherVoc.xls. This may be useful for next-step teaching sequence. Also see Simple English. We base the translation dictionary upon the SCOWL lists -- spell Checking Oriented Word Lists which does spelling, rather than only root words.
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May 20, , 2006 -- Other Voc.xls