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vs how many approx used in elizabethan era vs late 18th century. Where would i go to find this info? thanks
Defining what you mean by "a word" is not a trivial problem (and a definition that works sensibly in one language might not work in another) so this isn't an exact science.Irvy Goosen, author of the first Navajo-English dictionary, along with Lorraine Becenti,
claimed that a functioning but minimal vocabulary in English was on the order of 25000
words. In Navajo it was closer to 100000. So If I were to have a lot of education, my specialty vocabulary plus my "standard" English vocabulary is probably less than the average traditional Navajo speaker's command of the language.
In Dutch and German there has been a tendency to write much more garrulously than speaking it. There was a distinct difference between the two. For instance you would say: "Miss, can I go .. ?" but you would write: "Dear lecturer, may I audaciously interrupt your highly appreciated elaboration to inquire if you could permit me to utilise the adjacent plumbing fixtures for a brief moment?"It seems to me, from old texts I've read, that they were much more verbose in that time period, some people call it "flowery". I think people today are much more to the point and use less words to get an idea across.
IIRC the total vocabulary of English translations of the bible is only about 8500 words, even if you count inflected forms of words separately (i.e. stand, standing, stands, stood counts as four words, not one) and include all the names of people and places in the count.Get your hands on a bible from the 18th century as imo that is one of the most common books around from both time periods.
This site says 14000. I don't know if they count inflected forms separately.IIRC the total vocabulary of English translations of the bible is only about 8500 words, even if you count inflected forms of words separately (i.e. stand, standing, stands, stood counts as four words, not one) and include all the names of people and places in the count.
Loki, the 140lb Great Pyraneese, is my wife's dog and he's probably laughing at me because he just drooled on me, which he often does.nice pic phinds..may i ask, is that ur dog? kinda looks like hes smiling