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Language and number

Project leader: Sjef Barbiers

Finance: NWO-Horizon

Short description:

Recent research shows that the core knowledge system of number consists of two nonverbal subsystems present in both newborn infants and animals. This project studies the acquisition of numerals and quantifiers such as ‘little’ and’ many’ by children. The primary data source for this study is the World Atlas of Linguistic Structures (, which currently contains 2678 languages.