Concepts of numbers in Indigenous Australian languages changed over time

While English speakers may talk of infinite possibilities, ancient Australian Aboriginal languages very rarely stretched past number five.

However, a study published today shows that far from being simple, Aboriginal numeral systems “lost and gained” numbers over time.

The study, published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, suggests ancient Australian languages were not “static” as commonly believed and instead responded to the need to create new words.

Read more: ABC Science

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