Heck, if Thorndyke and Barnhardt's Junior Dictionary of the English Language
was good enough for me in my salad days, I can't see why Ogden's isn't
appropriate for your conlang. Of course, eventually, if the conlang is to
have its own conculture, you'll want original terms for that culture.
Yet another query... who was it presented us not so many years ago with a
list of the most commonly used concepts for a rudimentary language arranged
in a taxonomy? I'd like to see that website again.
I made my own taxonomy, but it's maniacally overstuffed and needs filling
----- Original Message -----
From: "Yann Kiraly" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2004 1:19 PM
Subject: Borrowing Wordlist
>I am designing an easy to learn conlang. I wonder if it would be illegal
> and/or bad to take Odgen's list of basic english words and translate it,
> as a guide of which words are necessary for a (at least basicaly) complete
> lexicon. I would add many adverbs to avoid using to many idioms.