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Basic vocabulary

the set of lexical items in a language that are most resistant to replacement, referring to the most common and universal elements of human experience, such as parts of the body (foot, eye), universal features of the environment (water, star), common activities (eat, sleep), and the lowest numerals.
Historical Examples

Upon this foundation of a sound accent and a basic vocabulary must be built the general fabric of the language.
Mankind in the Making H. G. Wells


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