September 6, 2010

With Five Million Words, Greek Is the World's Richest Language

The Greek language is the richest in the world with 5 million words and 70 million word types, according to the 1990 Guinness Book of Records, while the English language has only 490,000 words. It also underlined the meaning of the alphabet in a language as the letters symbolize specific qualities. English has over 50,000 words in its lexicon which are derived from the Greek language, especially in the sciences and medicine.

The Greek language also has the longest documented history of any Indo-European language, spanning 34 centuries of written records. The alphabet arose from the Phoenician script, and was in turn the basis of the Latin, Cyrillic, Coptic, and many other writing systems.

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