Size of Lexicon
Although a full lexicon would be large, it would not be terribly
large by today's standards:
Each word might have ten or so sense meanings on average.
(Prepositions have about 100; the word
``set'' has the most in the Oxford English
Dictionary -- over 200.)
- Vocabulary of average college graduate: 50,000 words.
- Oxford English Dictionary: 300,000 words.
- Japanese standard set: 2,000 Kanji.
- Basic English: about 1,000 words.
These numbers indicate that a lexicon is not large compared
to today's memory sizes.