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David G Myers
CHAPTER 9 : THINKING AND LANGUAGE > Language Development
How many words did you learn during the years between your first birthday and your high school graduation?
The answer is about 60,000 (Bloom, 2000; McMurray, 2007).
That averages (after age 1) to nearly 3500 words each year, or nearly 10 each day!
Bloom, P. (2000). How children learn the meanings of words.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
McMurray, B. (2007). Defusing the childhood vocabulary explosion. Science,
Children can learn 860 words per year (That’s 2 words a day!)
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By year 1, children are capable of understaing up to approx 20000 words
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
6 yrs 15,000 words
As many as 8 new words per day
The Guardian, 12 August 1986, cited in David Crystal, The English Language, 2002, p46