|From:||Ali Hashemi <ali@xxxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:41:58 -0400|
The BNC does not boast of 100 million unique words, but of 100 million words that include repetitions. Depending on what numbers you use for an average novel, that's 750-2000 novels.
When I said exposed, I meant just that -- the amount of words that our visual / auditory cortices are exposed to, but perhaps the rest of our brains don't consciously process. So if I'm in a busy cafeteria, all the words that are picked up by my ears (mic), if I'm walking down the street, all the street signs, adverts, etc. I happen to glance at (video'd).
But really, I'd be happy with any study which has an explicated methodology for daily word counts in any communication modality regardless of whether the words were exposed / processed / attended, so long as it is stated which. And preferably in English or a non-agglutinative language - I'm not sure how useful it would be for a language like German.
Indeed, given that an experiment such as the one mentioned above won't be happening any time soon, I'm just hoping to piece together other studies (if any) to get a sense of what 100 million words means in terms of the amount of time it would take for a single individual to "naturally" be exposed to / process etc. such a corpus.
On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 1:36 PM, John Bottoms <john@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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