2004-08-20

How Language Shapes Math

Members of a tiny tribe in the Amazon jungle that has no words for numbers beyond two can't conceptualize numbers any better than chimps or human infants do, a new study has found. The research attempts to cast light on a long-standing puzzle among linguists: whether concepts can exist without words to express them.
http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2004/819/1

That seems to be hot and controversial. We got this one before Language Log guys, but comments will have to wait a bit more. In case direct access is not possible, go through Google News (first and second hits):

http://news.google.com/news?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&q=language+math



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