How many words are in Russian?
It would seem, to count how many words in Russianlanguage, it is not difficult. Suffice it, say, to turn to the most authoritative of dictionaries, a large academic publication - "Dictionary of the Modern Russian Literary Language", published already in 17 volumes. This dictionary contains 131257 words. Does this mean that there are as many words in the Russian language as well?
What's not in the dictionary
The number of words in Russian is actuallycan significantly differ from their number in the dictionary. Why? Yes, because, for example, that adverbs derived from qualitative adjectives on -o, -e in the dictionary are not considered as independent units. And how many of them, who believed?
In addition, the most authoritative of moderndictionaries of the Russian language, whatever you say, is called "Dictionary of the modern Russian literary language." Yes, yes, literary. And this means that it does not contain profanity. Does not contain dialectisms. Dialectism, by the way, was reflected in the "Explanatory dictionary of the living great Russian language" by Vladimir Dal. There are 200,000 words in it. But there are not all the words of the Russian language.
And the terms denoting scientific and technicalconcepts? And neologisms? And the new words that appeared in the era of turbulent changes of the 90's? And the abbreviations? Do you remember how many of them (what did Vladimir Mayakovsky point out and complain about) appeared in the first years of Soviet power? And your own names? Of course, they, too, were not reflected in the "Dictionary of the Modern Russian Literary Language."
By the way, about the names of their own. Who counted how many in Russia? Just like no one thought, how many cities in Russia, scales, rivers, lakes. After all, their names are their own names, which are studied by a special section of linguistics - onomastics. And space objects, the so-called astronomers? After all, almost every one of them also has its own name.
All the words of a living developing language countis impossible. Such conclusions were reached by the linguists-Russianists, who assert that quantitatively the language is incalculable. Language develops, which means that some words are out of use, they are replaced by new ones. It is impossible to fix this process, it is so elusive.
So how many words are in Russian? Count all the words of modern Russian can not be the most modern computers, no scientists, no matter how hard they try. Nobody can do this.