what's the plural of Lexicon?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Stella77, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. Stella77 Member

    Hi there!

    Can you please tell me what is the plural of lexicon?
    Lexicons or Lexica ?(i'm thinking of phenomenon-phenomena but i don't find it in the dictionary).

    Another question: would you say:

    Institute of Linguistics or Institute for Linguistics?

    Thanks guys
  2. tvdxer Senior Member

    Minnesota, U.S.A.
    Minnesota, U.S.A. - English
    1. "Lexicons" returns twice as many Google searches (about 1.5 million) as "lexica", so I would recommend the first. The second might be right as well, but has a more exotic sort of sound to it.

    2. I think either would work, but "Institute of Linguistics" sounds better.
  3. Outsider Senior Member

    Portuguese (Portugal)
  4. santi Member

    Both lexicons and lexica are o.k to use and institute of language sounds much better.have a nice day:)
  5. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    There are no instances of lexica in the British National Corpus - 49 lexicons. That settles it for me.

    As for the Institute of Linguistics; if you are fortunate enough to have the naming of an institute in your gift, congratulations. Otherwise, use the term that the Institute has used.
  6. timpeac

    timpeac Senior Member

    English (England)
    Yes - I hadn't heard "lexica" before, so that's news for me too :)

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