What is vocabulary?

  • (noun): A language user's knowledge of words.
    Synonyms: lexicon, mental lexicon
    See also — Additional definitions below

Vocabulary

A person's vocabulary is the set of words within a language that are familiar to that person. A vocabulary usually develops with age, and serves as a useful and fundamental tool for communication and acquiring knowledge. Acquiring an extensive vocabulary is one of the largest challenges in learning a second language.

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Some articles on vocabulary:

Legal Writing - Distinguishing Features - Vocabulary
... Archaic vocabulary legal writing employs many old words and phrases that were formerly quotidian language, but today exist mostly or only in law, dating from the 16th century English examples are herein, hereto ...
Native- and Foreign-language Vocabulary - Vocabulary Differences Between Social Classes in The U.S.A.
... James Flynn reports the remarkable differences in vocabulary exposure of pre-schoolers between different classes in the U.S.A ...
Boa Vista Creole - Vocabulary
... The vocabulary of Cape Verdean Creole comes mainly from Portuguese ... (Mandingo, Wolof, Fulani, Temne, Balant, Mandjak, etc.), and the vocabulary from other languages (English, French, Latin) is negligible ...
Johnson O'Connor - Later Research
... stumbled upon an unexpected discovery A person’s vocabulary level was the best single measure for predicting occupational success in every area ... Furthermore, vocabulary is not innate, and can be acquired by everybody ... Because acquisition of vocabulary was not, in O'Connor's view, determined by innate aptitudes, it became a major focus of his later writings ...
Chittagonian Language - Vocabulary (lexis)
... Like Bengali, most of the vocabulary of Chittagonian is derived from Pali ... Although much of the vocabulary of Chittagonian Bengali is the same as standard Bengali, there are several distinguishing features ... and consequently, as Muslims, they were further influenced by Arabic, Persian, and Turkish vocabulary, as these were the languages spoken by the Muslims of the time, especially the ...

More definitions of "vocabulary":

  • (noun): The system of techniques or symbols serving as a means of expression (as in arts or crafts).
    Example: "He introduced a wide vocabulary of techniques"
  • (noun): A listing of the words used in some enterprise.

Famous quotes containing the word vocabulary:

    Institutional psychiatry is a continuation of the Inquisition. All that has really changed is the vocabulary and the social style. The vocabulary conforms to the intellectual expectations of our age: it is a pseudo-medical jargon that parodies the concepts of science. The social style conforms to the political expectations of our age: it is a pseudo-liberal social movement that parodies the ideals of freedom and rationality.
    Thomas Szasz (b. 1920)

    [T]here is no breaking out of the intentional vocabulary by explaining its members in other terms.
    Willard Van Orman Quine (b. 1908)

    A new talker will often call her caregiver “mommy,” which makes parents worry that the child is confused about who is who. She isn’t. This is a case of limited vocabulary rather than mixed-up identities. When a child has only one word for the female person who takes care of her, calling both of them “mommy” is understandable.
    Amy Laura Dombro (20th century)