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

Alexander Yeh asy at mitre.org
Sat Jul 30 00:31:45 CEST 2016


John F Sowa wrote:
> On 7/29/2016 12:03 PM, Marc Brysbaert wrote:
>> Importantly, knowing more than one language has a beneficial effect,
>> not a negative effect.
>
> Anecdotal evidence: As a child, I was bilingual in English and Polish.
> Learning Polish (from my maternal grandmother, AKA Babcia) took a
> minimal amount of time from my exposure to English.
>
> But it did have a strong influence on acquiring vocabulary items
> by semantic associations, not by spelling associations. It also
> gave me more sensitivity to learning roots and constructions
> in other languages.
>
> One deficiency: I never had much interest in word games that
> depend on spelling, such as Scrabble, cross-word puzzles, etc.
>
> That might be a research topic: For speakers with comparable
> vocabulary size, what is the effect of bilingualism on speed
> in solving crossword puzzles?

The effect may depend on whether a person is bilingual in languages with similar writing "systems", like English and Polish versus different writing "systems", like English and Arabic

-Alex


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