Comment on "Log or linear? Distinct intuitions of the number scale in Western and Amazonian indigene cultures".


Journal Article

Dehaene et al. (Reports, 30 May 2008, p. 1217) argued that native speakers of Mundurucu, a language without a linguistic numerical system, inherently represent numerical values as a logarithmically spaced spatial continuum. However, their data do not rule out the alternative conclusion that Mundurucu speakers encode numbers linearly with scalar variability and psychologically construct space-number mappings by analogy.

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Cited Authors

  • Cantlon, JF; Cordes, S; Libertus, ME; Brannon, EM

Published Date

  • January 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 323 / 5910

Start / End Page

  • 38 -

PubMed ID

  • 19119201

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19119201

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-9203

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0036-8075

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.1164878


  • eng