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Thursday, April 27, 2017

‘Anumeric’ people: What happens when a language has no words for numbers?

Numbers do not exist in all cultures.
There are numberless hunter-gatherers embedded deep in Amazonia, living along branches of the world’s largest river tree.
Instead of using words for precise quantities, these people rely exclusively on terms analogous to “a few” or “some.” The Conversation
In contrast, our own lives are governed by numbers.
As you read this, you are likely aware of what time it is, how old you are, your checking account balance, your weight and so on.
The exact (and exacting) numbers we think with impact everything from our schedules to our self-esteem.
But, in a historical sense, numerically fixated people like us are the unusual ones.
For the bulk of our species’ approximately 200,000-year lifespan, we had no means of precisely representing quantities.
What’s more, the 7,000 or so languages that exist today vary dramatically in how they utilize numbers.

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