Send to

Choose Destination
Dev Sci. 2005 Sep;8(5):420-3.

Language-specific effects on number computation in toddlers.

Author information

UMR 6194, CNRS, CEA, Universities of Caen and Paris 5 (Sorbonne), Institute of Psychology, France.


A fundamental question in developmental science is how brains with and without language compute numbers. Measuring young children's verbal reactions in France (Paris) and in England (Oxford), here we show that, although there is a general arithmetic ability for small numbers that is shared by monkeys and preverbal infants, the development of such initial knowledge in humans follows specific performance patterns, depending on what language the children speak.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wiley
Loading ...
Support Center