Cognitive and communicative pressures in the emergence of grammatical structure: A closer look at whether number sense is encoded in privileged ways


Cognitive Neuropsychology


August, 2020


Francesca Franzon, Chiara Zanini and Rosa Rugani

In this short commentary, we contest the possibility that the distribution of Number values in natural languages is economically explained as consequence of cultural factors, as proposed by Everett (2019). We discuss in favor of a in interplay of referential, cognitive and communicative pressures, related to the core knowledge and to general properties of codes; we wish that our proposal can a first step to operationalize further experimental questions targeting each of these levels.