Looking at examples like Basic English or Simple English, I see phrases like "controlled language" or "controlled vocabulary". Is there a simpler word?

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    Macmillan lists classmates of 'Basic English' (which, I believe, has a specific definition as a compound noun). There don't seem to be any synonyms. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 1 '18 at 12:05
  • English for beginners is an expression often used in basic English texts for foreign learners. google.it/… – user121863 Mar 1 '18 at 12:53
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    Since 'control' is included in the Basic English word list, I'd guess there isn't a simpler version. – Spagirl Mar 1 '18 at 14:43
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    There are s number of controlled languages like Simplified English, developed by AECMA (Association Europeene des Constructeurs de Materiel Aerospatial), and mandated by the Air Transport Association as the world-wide standard for commercial aircraft maintenance manuals. See Chap 7, part 5 here for details. – John Lawler Mar 1 '18 at 15:24

Basic English


World English,

with their different nuances, are the simplest terms that capture exactly what you are asking about.

Basic English is a selection, a simple subset of English for easy learning, intended to allow good communication early in the learning process.

World English is an attempt to label the common subset of English as spoken around the world by educated non-native speakers.

But there is no single word that captures such a subset. It seems almost impossible to have one given that what you are asking for is a qualification of English.

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If you ever listen to English-speaking expats abroad, the ones that are good communicators intentionally use very simple words with often hilariously simplified grammar. That's


: a simplified speech used for communication between people with different languages


Specifically, it's pidgin English.

When people grow up speaking pidgin, it becomes a


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  • Explain the downvotes. Having re-read the question, I stand by my answer. – MaxB May 5 '18 at 4:59

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