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Sixty-twelve = Seventy-two? A cross-linguistic comparison of children's number transcoding.
Van Rinsveld, Amandine; Schiltz, Christine
2016In The British journal of developmental psychology, 34 (3), p. 461-8
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Keywords :
cross-linguistic comparison; decimal system; numerical cognition; transcoding; vigesimal system
Abstract :
[en] We compared French- and English-speaking fifth-grade (10-year-old) children's performance in number transcoding. Whereas English two-digit number names follow the decimal structure (base 10), the structure of French two-digit number words over 60 follow a vigesimal structure (base 20). Children undertook two number transcoding tasks. While children were generally successful at the tasks, English-speaking children significantly outperformed French-speaking children for numbers following a vigesimal structure in French compared to a decimal structure in English (i.e., numbers >60). Our findings show that verbal number name structures influence children's performance in numerical tasks, even though fifth-grade children have well passed the initial stage of acquiring transcoding skills for two-digit numbers. These findings highlight the importance of language specificities in children's number transcoding. Statement of contribution What is already known? Previous research reports that language influences number processing in young children. Number transcoding performances can be conditioned by the linguistic structure of number words. What does this study add? Our results show how the structure of French vigesimal number words impacts number transcoding. They demonstrate that these language influences also affect children who already master basic number competencies.
Disciplines :
Neurosciences & behavior
Author, co-author :
Van Rinsveld, Amandine
Schiltz, Christine ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS)
External co-authors :
no
Language :
English
Title :
Sixty-twelve = Seventy-two? A cross-linguistic comparison of children's number transcoding.
Publication date :
2016
Journal title :
The British journal of developmental psychology
ISSN :
0261-510X
eISSN :
2044-835X
Volume :
34
Issue :
3
Pages :
461-8
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
Name of the research project :
R-AGR-0528 - NUMLANG (20150315-20160314) - SCHILTZ Christine
Commentary :
(c) 2016 The British Psychological Society.
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