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________________________________________ From: maxwell <maxwell at umiacs.umd.edu> Sent: Friday, July 29, 2016 5:40 PM To: Marc Brysbaert Cc: corpora at uib.no Subject: Re: [Corpora-List] How many words do we know?
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)