Thursday, January 20, 2011

60,000 words

From The New York Times, Sit, Stay, Parse. Good Girl!. A report on a dog with a large vocabulary. Comparing to human word acquisition. This estimation seems high when compared to Bill Bryson's discussion in The Mother Tongue: English & How It Got That Way.
Children pick up about 10 new words a day until, by the time they leave high school, they know around 60,000 words.

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