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David Crystal et le mythe de la taille du vocabulaire anglais

Le doyen des spécialistes de l'anglais, David Crystal, fait une mise au point à propos du mythe tenace selon lequel l'anglais a un plus grand vocabulaire que les autres langues.

En référence à un panelist de la BBC, Crystal écrit:

"He then went on to say that English vocabulary is larger than that of other languages, which may well be true, given its global reach and its status as the first language of science, but then asserted that French has only 200,000 words and German half that. Again, absurd notions, based on the naive assumption that the words contained in the largest dictionaries equal the words in the language." DCblog: On myths and the making of the OED

En 2009, Crystal avait dit d'une nouvelle selon laquelle l'anglais avait un million de mots que c'était "the biggest load of rubbish I've heard in years." DCblog: Search results for On the biggest load of rubbish