passive vocabulary


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passive vocabulary

n
(Linguistics) all the words, collectively, that a person can understand. Compare active vocabulary
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passive vocabulary

- Contains lexemes we know and understand but do no actively use (in writing or speech).
See also related terms for understood.
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For speaking, Adolphs and Schmitt (2004) claim that a vocabulary of around 2,000 words is required for a basic conversation, but according to other vocabulary specialists, if students want to obtain an appropriate comprehension of a text, they need a passive vocabulary of at least 3,000 word families to understand 95% of a text (Laufer, 1989, 1992); or from 8,000 to 9,000 word families for a 98% text coverage (Hu & Nation, 2000; Nation, 2006).
The specialists speak about active and passive vocabulary in a foreign language.
The average person is supposed to have an active vocabulary of 3,000 words in regular use, with a passive vocabulary of 15,000 to 20,000.

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