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Language and Cognition

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language and Cognitive Science

Ed. by Casasanto, Daniel / Coulson, Seana / Evans, Vyvyan / Hart, Christopher / Kemmerer, David / Michaelis, Laura / Sinha, Chris

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Independent cross-cultural data reveal linguistic effects on basic numerical cognition

Caleb Everett
Published Online: 2013-01-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/langcog-2013-0005

Abstract

The role of numeric language in basic numerical cognition is explored via the consideration of results obtained in two recent independent studies, one with Nicaraguan homesigners and one with speakers of Pirahã. Attention is drawn to remarkable parallels between the relevant findings, parallels that provide compelling evidence that adults without access to numeric language face difficulties when simply attempting to differentiate quantities greater than three.

Keywords: number words; numerical cognition; linguistic relativity

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Department of Anthropology, University of Miami, USA


Published Online: 2013-01-24

Published in Print: 2013-02-06


Citation Information: Language and Cognition, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 99–104, ISSN (Online) 1866-9859, ISSN (Print) 1866-9808, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/langcog-2013-0005.

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