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ERIC Number: EJ942719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
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Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
One Language, Two Number-Word Systems and Many Problems: Numerical Cognition in the Czech Language
Pixner, S.; Zuber, J.; Hermanova, V.; Kaufmann, L.; Nuerk, H.-C.; Moeller, K.
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v32 n6 p2683-2689 Nov-Dec 2011
Comparing numerical performance between different languages does not only mean comparing different number-word systems, but also implies a comparison of differences regarding culture or educational systems. The Czech language provides the remarkable opportunity to disentangle this confound as there exist two different number-word systems within the same language: for instance, "25" can be either coded in "non-inverted" order "dvadsetpat" [twenty-five] or in "inverted" order "patadvadset" [five-and-twenty]. To investigate the influence of the number-word system on basic numerical processing within one culture, 7-year-old Czech-speaking children had to perform a transcoding task (i.e., writing Arabic numbers to dictation) in both number-word systems. The observed error pattern clearly indicated that the structure of the number-word system determined transcoding performance reliably: In the inverted number-word system about half of all errors were inversion-related. In contrast, hardly any inversion-related errors occurred in the non-inverted number-word system. We conclude that the development of numerical cognition does not only depend on cultural or educational differences, but is indeed related to the structure and transparency of a given number-word system. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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