Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 15:35:30 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Vocabulary size of historians Mary, My example was purely hypothetical. I know mathematicians who have larger vocabularies than I do, and historians with smaller ones. My point was simply that level of abstractness in thinking ability is independent of vocabulary size. In general, I suspect that historians may have larger vocabularies than linguists, especially syntacticians (among whom I include myself when I am not doing ethnolinguistics and other interesting things), simply because most historians probably read more broadly than most linguists. Shakespeare had a larger vocabulary than any of us, probably, but he was no Newton. --Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]