Learn something new every day: Basic English and Newspeak

What if there were a way for English to be easier?  Even native English speakers will admit it is a crazy, inconsistent language.  Moreover, there are more people in the world who speak English as a second language than there are people who are native English speakers.

The idea of a simplified version of English has been around since 1930.  Basic English is a controlled version of English with a list of root words and consistent, simple grammar. It has influenced the creation of Voice of America’s Special English for news broadcasting, and Simplified English, another English-based controlled language designed to write technical manuals.  Special English has a list of 1500 core words.

The idea of a universal shared simple language sounds good to me.

Then again I am a programmer, used to languages with a limited set of words that can be universally understood as a method for sharing information efficiently.  You don’t have to write the great American novel with Special English.  However, basics any traveler or business person needs could be covered in a universal language.

Author George Orwell didn’t think this was a good idea.  Newspeak is the fictional language in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. It is a controlled language created by the totalitarian state as a tool to limit freedom of thought, and concepts that pose a threat to the regime such as freedom, self-expression, individuality, and peace.

We had an interesting discussion on LingQ about it. I also learned about subvocalization and synesthesia. Perhaps my favorite part of LingQ are the intelligent discussions of serious language learners.

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One Response to Learn something new every day: Basic English and Newspeak

  1. tommoy says:

    Thank you.For led me know

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