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Re: Shakespeare's Vocabulary
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0952.  Wednesday, 24 September 1997.

[1]     From:   Curt L. Tofteland <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Sep 1997 10:29:51 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: Shakespeare's Voc

[2]     From:   Virginia M. Byrne <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Sep 1997 16:24:00 -0400 (EDT)
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[3]     From:   Skip Nicholson <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Sep 1997 15:06:55 -0700
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[4]     From:   Steven Marx <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Sep 1997 15:08:59 -0700
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[5]     From:   Evelyn Gajowski <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Sep 1997 19:31:40 -0700 (PDT)
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From:           Curt L. Tofteland <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Sep 1997 10:29:51 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Re: Shakespeare's Voc

In his wonderful book, THE MIRACLE OF LANGUAGE, Richard Lederer credits
Will with a vocabulary of 20,138 basewords with over 1700 of them as
first usage.

Curt L. Tofteland

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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Sep 1997 16:24:00 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0947  Q: Shakespeare's  Vocabulary
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0947  Q: Shakespeare's  Vocabulary

I've heard the number 30,000

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From:           Skip Nicholson <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Sep 1997 15:06:55 -0700
Subject: 8.0947  Q: Shakespeare's Vocabulary
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0947  Q: Shakespeare's Vocabulary

For Shakespeare's vocabulary---

Marvin Spevack in his 1973 _Harvard Concordance to Shakespeare_ lists
slightly over 29,000 different words. Newer technology could provide a
precise number, but for general purposes, 29-30,000 would be accurate.

Skip Nicholson
South Pasadena (CA) HS

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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Sep 1997 15:08:59 -0700
Subject: 8.0947  Q: Shakespeare's Vocabulary
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0947  Q: Shakespeare's Vocabulary

General Introduction to Norton Shakespeare says 25 000 words (p.63)

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From:           Evelyn Gajowski <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Sep 1997 19:31:40 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Re: Shakespeare's Vocabulary

To Roger Schmeekle:

According to Martin Spevack ("Preface," *The Harvard Concordance to
Shakespeare* [Cambridge, MA: Belknap/Harvard U P, 1973], v), his
concordance includes 29,066 different words.

Regards,
Evelyn Gajowski
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
 

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