Did language give us numbers? : Symbolic thinking and the emergence of systematic numerical cognition

What role does language play in the development of numerical cognition? In the present paper I argue that the evolution of symbolic thinking (as a basis for language) laid the grounds for the emergence of a systematic co
What role does language play in the development of numerical cognition? In the present paper I argue that the evolution of symbolic thinking (as a basis for language) laid the grounds for the emergence of a systematic concept of number. This concept is grounded in the notion of an infinite sequence and encompasses number assignments that can focus on cardinal aspects ("three pencils"), ordinal aspects ("the third runner"), and even nominal aspects ("bus #3"). I show that these number assignments are based on a specific association of relational structures, and that it is the human language faculty that provides a cognitive paradigm for such an association, suggesting that language played a pivotal role in the evolution of systematic numerical cognition.
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Author:Heike Wiese
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30-1150568
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2010/04/26
Year of first Publication:2001
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2010/04/26
SWD-Keyword:Lexikologie
Source:http://www.uni-potsdam.de/fileadmin/projects/germanistik-07/Publikationen/HWEd01.pdf ; (in:) Johanna D. Moore, Keith Stenning: Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Edinburgh, August 1-4, 2001. - Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, S. 1118-1
HeBIS PPN:225054213
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache
Sammlungen:Linguistik
Linguistic-Classification:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Lexikologie/Etymologie / Lexicology/Etymology
Licence (German):License Logo Veröffentlichungsvertrag für Publikationen

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