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English language has doubled in size in the last century
Telegraph ^ | December 16, 2010 | Richard Alleyne

Posted on 12/30/2010 3:39:23 AM PST by SunkenCiv

Researchers at Harvard University and Google found that the language was expanding by 8,500 words a year in the new millennium and now stands at 1,022,000 words.

The rate of increase over the years is shown by the fact the language has grown by more than 70 per cent since 1950, according to the study.

The previous half century it only grew by a tenth.

But nearly half of the new words are not included in any dictionary and are dubbed lexical "dark matter". They are either slang or invented jargon.

The findings came from the computer analyse of 5,195,769 digitised books (approximately four per cent of all the books ever printed) published between 1800 and 2000.

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"The findings came from the computer analyse," which will also include that sentence in the next go-round.

1 posted on 12/30/2010 3:39:27 AM PST by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 12/30/2010 3:41:14 AM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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3 posted on 12/30/2010 3:42:12 AM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Who can refudiate such a finding?


4 posted on 12/30/2010 3:44:18 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: SunkenCiv

Ebonics is not English. Remove Ebonics from the statistic, and the ‘growth’ would be small.


5 posted on 12/30/2010 4:11:33 AM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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6 posted on 12/30/2010 4:27:14 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Who can refudiate such a finding?
Are you demanding a recount?
7 posted on 12/30/2010 4:35:39 AM PST by cartan
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To: ClearCase_guy
Who can refudiate such a finding?

Fo' shizzle...

8 posted on 12/30/2010 4:46:01 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: SunkenCiv

Interesting.

I knew we’d passed 1 million English words. Hadn’t had a recent count.

Sad to read of print dictionaries passing.

My new college library was deliberately small due to digitized files. I told them it was a big mistake. I asked them what provisions they’d made to hide and protect forbidden books when the time comes. They laughed nervously.


9 posted on 12/30/2010 4:46:23 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: SunkenCiv

“There is no such thing as ‘the Queen’s English’.
The property has gone into the hands of a joint
stock company and we own the bulk of the shares!”

- Mark Twain


10 posted on 12/30/2010 5:01:49 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: SunkenCiv

The language is “growing much faster now” because before the advent of Webster’s Third International Dictionary, the big dictionaries were prescriptive. A word had to stay around a while before it became a dictionary word. Now if two people can be attested to have used a word more than once it is enshrined in the dictionary.It is part of the Deconstructionist mindset that says language is essentially meaningless anyway and expresses only power relationships between groups.


11 posted on 12/30/2010 7:20:18 AM PST by ThanhPhero (Khach hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: Moltke
"Yo,Yo,Yo" "Nuttin" "Mmmmmm, Mmmmm, Mmmmmm".

OK, I'm kind of kidding with those examples, but they do set the stage and give the flavor.

12 posted on 12/30/2010 7:24:51 AM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: SunkenCiv

The argument could be made that the bar has been lowered.

13 posted on 12/30/2010 7:29:48 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: ThanhPhero
If that is the criteria, and if James Joyce's impenetrable novel "Finnegan's Wake" was included in the survey (granted, it's what--80 years old?) it alone could account for a significant portion of the increase.

I think I'll write a simple computer program that cuts and dices existing English words, reassembles them in new forms, and arranges them along a basic scaffolding of grammar. I'll name it "Moor Finnegan's Nuncents." That'll bump the numbers up.

14 posted on 12/30/2010 7:38:08 AM PST by behzinlea
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15 posted on 12/30/2010 7:55:08 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 707 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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16 posted on 12/30/2010 9:42:20 AM PST by Raymann
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To: SunkenCiv
But nearly half of the new words are not included in any dictionary and are dubbed lexical "dark matter". They are either slang or invented jargon.

K.

17 posted on 12/30/2010 12:42:54 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: SunkenCiv

The English language would not exist were it not for Greek. It owes its alphabet, its writing direction, and a major portion of its vocabulary to Greek.


18 posted on 12/30/2010 3:56:48 PM PST by eleni121 (Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise ye princes, and prepare the shield)
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To: behzinlea

I like it.


19 posted on 12/30/2010 5:35:16 PM PST by ThanhPhero (Khach hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: behzinlea

If those are the criteria.
If that is the criterion.


20 posted on 12/30/2010 5:37:38 PM PST by ThanhPhero (Khach hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: Quix

Don’t worry, when the time comes, ALL books will be forbidden and it will be a moot point. ;’)


21 posted on 12/30/2010 6:41:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

We’re divided by a common language (Wilde and/or Shaw, but usually attributed to Churchill). :’)


22 posted on 12/30/2010 6:43:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thankfully, God is a VERY good librarian.


23 posted on 12/30/2010 6:47:23 PM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: colorado tanker

LOL!


24 posted on 12/30/2010 6:54:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Very interesting! Thank you for the ping as well as for linking to the other thread :-)

Happy New Year to all :-)


25 posted on 12/31/2010 2:30:51 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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My pleasure, Happy New Year Stoat!


26 posted on 12/31/2010 7:49:55 AM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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