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Numbers, Language, and the Human Mind

Numbers, Language, and the Human Mind by Heike Wiese
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What constitutes our number concept? What makes it possible for us to employ numbers the way we do; which mental faculties contribute to our grasp of numbers? What do we share with other species, and what is specific to humans? How does our language faculty come into the picture? This 2003 book addresses these questions and discusses the relationship between numerical thinking and the human language faculty, providing psychological, linguistic and philosophical perspectives on number, its evolution and its development in children. Heike Wiese argues that language as a human faculty plays a crucial role in the emergence of systematic numerical thinking. She characterises number sequences as powerful and highly flexible mental tools that are unique to humans and shows that it is language that enables us to go beyond the perception of numerosity and to develop such mental tools.
Cambridge University Press; December 2003
360 pages; ISBN 9780511056727
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Title: Numbers, Language, and the Human Mind
Author: Heike Wiese
 
ISBNs
0511056729
9780511056727
9780521831826