What vocabulary size is needed to read unsimplified texts for pleasure?

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  • Nation P
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The types of vocabulary in three short novels were analyzed to determine the text coverage of the most frequent 2,000 words of English, and the vocabulary needed to gain 97-98{%} coverage of the running words in each text. It was found that a 5,000-word vocabulary was necessary for adequate coverage in pleasure reading.

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  • David Hirsh

  • Paul Nation

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