From context to cortex
Features an excerpt from Steven Pinker's 'The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language'(1994). Number of words in vocabulary of average six-year-old and average high school graduate; More.
By March 1, 1995 - last reviewed on June 9, 2016published
Number of words in Funk & Wagnall's New Unabridged Dictionary: 450,000.Number of words in vocabulary of average high school graduate: 60,000. Number of distinct words in Shakespeare's collected works: 15,000. Number of words in vocabulary of average six-year-old: 13,000. Rate at which children learn a new word between the ages of one and eighteen: every 90 minutes.
By Steven Pinker, The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (Norton, 1994)