Minimal English and How It Can Add to Global English

  • Cliff Goddard
  • Anna Wierzbicka


The chapter outlines the origins, purpose and composition of Minimal English and explains its value as a supplement to English in its role as a global lingua franca. It argues for the great importance of cross-translatability in many contexts and shows with examples that many taken-for-granted words and concepts of Anglo English are heavily culture-laden and hence untranslatable. The chapter also clarifies how Minimal English is different from Ogden’s (1930) ‘Basic English’ and from Plain English.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cliff Goddard
    • 1
  • Anna Wierzbicka
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Humanities, Languages and Social ScienceGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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