|From:||Ali Hashemi <ali@xxxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Thu, 12 Aug 2010 11:55:07 -0400|
Hi John, |
Thanks for the reply. Your response made me realize that I need to clarify my question.
I'm not looking just for unique words / vocabulary. This question is motivated by BNC's 100 million word corpus and trying to get a sense of what that number actually means.
How many days worth of word exposure is the BNC? Though to be more precise, see the earlier question phrasing below. (And yes, I know the BNC covers many different domains, while most people stay within a few domains over a period of weeks.)
Had I the resources and funding to actually conduct an experiment, I would probably mic and/or video-camera N people for X days, and then do an average word count based on that. (Obviously trying to control for population demographics, and seasonal changes in behaviour among other confounding factors...)
I also suspect that much has changed since Ogden's day. We net, we watch TV, we phone, we walk by billboards, subway ads, hear conversations in the street etc. etc. and we occasionally still have face-to-face conversations :P.
So I'm not looking for average daily vocabulary count (though that data would derivable from the above experiment), but for the more expansive average daily word exposure count.
I wake up, and begin my interaction with the world. By the time I go to sleep, how many words has my brain consciously / unconsciously been exposed to?
On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM, John Bottoms <john@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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