Complexities with restricted numeral systems
The cognitive advantages to retaining a restricted counting system (without exponentiation) even as a more complicated one is being developed are not immediately obvious, but follow from the information about upcoming complexity that is implicit in the use of distinct numerals. Kanum, a language from the south of New Guinea, where "systems with limited extent" are widely reported, has base-6 counting systems with full use of exponentiation in one system, and no possibility of extension in...[Show more]
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