So, how many words are there in Ukrainian language, how can we compare this language’s development with others, and does it have any perspectives at all?
The exact number of words in the language is difficult to calculate – codification is always one step behind the living language – it changes all the time, borrows something new, enriches itself with neologisms, gets rid of outdated and unnecessary forms. In addition, there are dialects, used only in limited areas and professional jargons of narrow areas. Therefore, all figures cited for the quantitative description of language’s vocabulary are very approximate.
Even the number of words in the dictionary of modern developed nations can not be an absolute indicator of their lexical scope. In the largest compendium to date, the Ukrainian Language Dictionary in 11 volumes there are around 134 thousand words, (more…)
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