The Complete Dictionary

2003

Encyclopaedia of all possible words up to 6 letters.

‘How big is the complete dictionary?’ It is impossible to answer this question, unless there are limitations to the definition of the word ‘complete’ and the word ‘word’. From A to Z, The Complete Dictionary consists of 26 volumes, each containing all pronounceable words beginning with one letter up to 6 letters – 50 million words in total. These words are generated following a certain formula, which describes sounds according to our experience of words as alternating vowels and consonants. Processing by cognitive scientist Egon W. Stemle (currently working at Eurac, Bolzano, IT).

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