The women's vocabulary hoax
carra134 at STUDENT.OTAGO.AC.NZ
Thu May 10 05:53:53 UTC 2001
Definitely by multilingualism, I would guess.
I.S.P Nation gives an average of about 1000 words acquired until the end of
high school. At that point I think it depends on your educational trajectory.
At 21:21 9/05/01 -0500, you wrote:
>Counting slang and jargon?
>I recently heard that an adult speaker has about 60,000 "words", but I
>don't think a source for this claim was given. One would have to know the
>Vocabulary size must vary by factors like education, literacy,
>employment, skills, etc., perhaps even multilingualism.
>On Wed, 9 May 2001, gabriella Modan wrote:
>> Today a student asked me if it was true that "women have 4000 more words
>> than men". Has anyone ever heard of this myth or seen it discussed in any
>> scholarly or popular literature?
>> Galey Modan
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