[Corpora-List] How many words do we know?

maxwell maxwell at umiacs.umd.edu
Fri Jul 29 17:40:40 CEST 2016

On 2016-07-29 01:41, Marc Brysbaert wrote:
> I'm regularly asked how many words there are in the mental lexicon. As
> you all know, much here depends on the definition of person
> (young/old, reader/non-reader) and the definition of word. Still, it
> is possible to give reasonable numbers for various definitions.

Has anyone conducted a study of bilinguals? Does being bilingual imply fewer words in your native language, or does a second (third...) language leave your first language vocabulary unaffected? (or possibly even improved, if there are L2 loan words in your L1)

Mike Maxwell

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