Numbers, Language, and the Human Mind by Heike WieseNumbers, Language, and the Human Mind by Heike Wiese

Numbers, Language, and the Human Mind

byHeike Wiese

Paperback | April 9, 2009

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What constitutes our concept of numbers and makes it possible for us to work with them the way we do? Which mental faculties contribute to our grasp? What qualities do we share with other species, and which ones are specific to us? This book addresses these questions to reveal that language plays a crucial role in the development of systematic number concepts. It analyzes the relationship between numerical thinking and the human language faculty, providing psychological, linguistic, and philosophical perspectives on numbers, their evolution, and development in children.
Title:Numbers, Language, and the Human MindFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:360 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.79 inShipping dimensions:9.02 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:April 9, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521108659

ISBN - 13:9780521108652

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Numbers and objects; 2. What does it mean to be a number?; 3. Can words be numbers?; 4. The language legacy; 5. Children's route to number: from iconic representations to numerical thinking; 6. The organisation of our cognitive number domain; 7. Non-verbal number systems; 8. Numbers in language: the grammatical integration of numerical tools; Appendix.

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"Indeed, there is much here that is interesting -- and interesting in a mathematical kind of way."
Marion D. Cohen, Mathematical Association of America