February 21, 2012
Essential Question: Is there a relationship between literacy (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and math competencies?
Findings: from the Journal of Cognitive Science
"Number words are essential tools of thought required to solve even the simplest quantitative problems, such as one-to-one correspondence."
"The findings support the idea that language is a key component in processes of the mind. "When they've been introduced to those words, their performance improved, so it's clearly a linguistic effect, rather than a generally cultural factor."
Most people learn to count when they are children. Yet surprisingly, not all languages have words for numbers.
A recent study published in the journal of Cognitive Science shows that a few tongues lack number words and as a result, people in these cultures have a difficult time performing common quantitative tasks.
The findings add new insight to the way people acquire knowledge, perception and reasoning.
An anthropological linguist has shown that the language of the Piraha, an Amazonian tribe, lacks number words and as a result the people have a difficult time performing common quantitative tasks.