Language linked to numeracy

By |March 17th, 2011|

According to a recent New Scientist article, Elizabet Spaepen, a psychologist at the University of Chicago, and her colleagues have recently published a new study which highlights the link between languages and numeracy. The study, named Number without a language model, investigates the long-held suspicion that language can impact on how people understand numbers.

Some languages, such as Pirahã, lack words for numbers completely, and research has suggested that this has a direct effect on their ability to comprehend and use numbers. However, as in the case of the Pirahã, it was not possible to conclusively prove whether these difficulties were […]