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Basic English

  1. Paul Meara

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0078

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

How to Cite

Meara, P. 2012. Basic English. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Basic English was developed by C. K. Ogden and I. A. Richards during the 1920s and 1930s. It grew out of an earlier and very influential collaboration which appeared as The Meaning of Meaning in 1923.


  • esl/efl;
  • citizenship;
  • lingua francas;
  • vocabulary