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LINGUIST List 24.1594

Mon Apr 08 2013

Books: Cultural Development of Mathematical Ideas: Saxe

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 05-Apr-2013
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Cultural Development of Mathematical Ideas: Saxe
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Title: Cultural Development of Mathematical Ideas
Subtitle: Papua New Guinea Studies
Published: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6637873/Cultural%20Development%20of%20Mathematical%20Ideas/?site_locale=en_US

Author: Geoffrey Saxe
: ISBN: 9780521761666 Pages: 393 Price: U.S. $ 99.00
Abstract:

Drawing upon field studies conducted in 1978, 1980, and 2001 with the Oksapmin, a remote Papua New Guinea group, Geoffrey B. Saxe traces the emergence of new forms of numerical representations and ideas in the social history of the community. In traditional life, the Oksapmin used a counting system that makes use of twenty-seven parts of the body; there is no evidence that the group used arithmetic in prehistory. As practices of economic exchange and schooling have shifted, children and adults unwittingly reproduced and altered the system in order to solve new kinds of numerical and arithmetical problems, a process that has led to new forms of collective representations in the community. While Dr. Saxe's focus is on the Oksapmin, the insights and general framework he provides are useful for understanding shifting representational forms and emerging cognitive functions in any human community.

Video and visual supports for the book, the Cultural Development of Mathematical Ideas: Papua New Guinea Studies, which are key to a deeper understanding of this ground-breaking project are available online at http://www.culturecognition.com

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Oksapmin (opm)

Written In: English (eng)

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