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The vocabulary of a person is defined either as the set of all words that are understood by that person or the set of all words likely to be used by that person when constructing new sentences. Image File history File links Merge-arrows. ... Look up lexicon in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Tests of Vocabulary are integral components of intellectual assessment within psychology. Level of vocabulary has been consistently found to predict overall level of intellectual functioning as well as educational achievement.

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English Vocabulary

It is widely circulated that the English language has the largest vocabulary of any language, but this claim is difficult to formulate precisely, and essentially impossible to prove.[1] The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


The Oxford English Dictionary lists a total of 171,476 words with an additional 47,156 obsolete and 9,500 derivative words as subentries, giving almost a quarter of a million words in the English language, even when technical terms, place names and multiple word senses are excluded.[2] Clearly, therefore, any individual's vocabulary must necessarily consist of only a small subset of the total possible vocabulary of the language. One estimate, by David Crystal, is that the average college graduate has an active vocabulary of 60,000 words and an additional passive vocabulary of 75,000 words.[3] The Oxford English Dictionary print set The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a dictionary published by the Oxford University Press (OUP), and is the most successful dictionary of the English language, (not to be confused with the one-volume Oxford Dictionary of English, formerly New Oxford Dictionary of English, of... Professor David Crystal, OBE (born 1941 in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, UK) is a linguist, academic and author. ...


The Vocabularies of Other Languages

  • The three major Japanese dictionaries each contain between 220,000 and 240,000 individual lexical entries (words).
  • The mainland Chinese Hanyu Dacidian dictionary and the Taiwanese Zhongwen Dacidian each list about 370,000 words for the Mandarin Chinese language.

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Vocabulary Acquisition and games

Other uses

The word "vocabulary" is also used figuratively in the arts or crafts for qualities or techniques distinctive to a particular style, especially in the context of architectural style. The Arts is a broad subdivision of culture, comprised of many expressive disciplines. ... Arts and crafts comprise a whole host of activities and hobbies that are related to making things with ones own hands and skill. ... This article is about building architecture. ...


See also

Look up glossary in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the rules of English grammar, see English grammar and Disputes in English grammar. ... An idiom is an expression (i. ... For the glossary of hacker slang, see Jargon File. ... Look up lexicon in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In grammar, a part of speech or word class is defined as the role that a word (or sometimes a phrase) plays in a sentence. ... In linguistics, a register is a subset of a language used for a particular purpose or in a particular social setting. ... For other uses, see Slang (disambiguation). ... Technical terminology is the specialised vocabulary of a profession or of some other activity to which a group of people dedicate significant parts of their lives (for instance, hobbies or a particular segment of industry). ... The word term refers to either a word unit or a time unit with specified boundaries or limits. ... Terminology is the study of terms and their use — of words and compound words that are used in specific contexts. ...

References

  1. ^ Jucca Korpela (August 31, 2003). Which language has largest vocabulary?. IT and communication—Human languages.
  2. ^ How many words are there in the English Language?. Ask Oxford.
  3. ^ Crystal, David (2003). Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521596556. 
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This specification does not attempt to enumerate all the possible forms of vocabulary description that are useful for representing the meaning of RDF classes and properties.
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