Myth #4: Vocabulary learning stops in adulthood

Any exposure to texts results in vocabulary growth, also in adults. Image © | Dreamstime.com

By the time they reach adulthood, people know the words of their mother tongue. This is what allows us to communicate, right?

Not necessarily. While vocabulary size tests do suggest that word learning stops in early adulthood, there are two things about the word frequency distribution that make such testing mathematically impossible: the distribution is skewed and bursty.Read More »