id: 02401765
dt: j
an: 1993b.01187
au: Dehaene, Stanislas; Mehler, Jacques
ti: Cross-linguistic regularities in the frequency of number words.
so: Cognition 43, No. 1, 1-29 (1992).
py: 1992
pu: Elsevier, Amsterdam
la: EN
cc: M80
ut: notation; number concepts; intercultural differences; random numbers;
frequency; empirical investigations; comparative studies; linguistics
ci:
li: doi:10.1016/0010-0277(92)90030-L
ab: Summary: We examine the frequency of numerals and ordinals in seven
different languages and/or cultures. Many cross-cultural and
cross-linguistic patterns are identified. The most striking is a
decrease of frequency with numerical magnitude, with local increases
for reference numerals such as 10, 12, 15, 20, 50 or 100. Four
explanations are considered for this effect: sampling artifacts,
notational regularities, environmental biases and psychological
limitations on number representations. The psychological explanation,
which appeals to a Fechnerian encoding of numerical magnitudes and to
the existence of numerical points of reference, accounts for most of
the data. Our finding also has practical importance since it reveals
the frequent confound of two experimental variables: numerical
magnitude and numeral frequency.
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