Evidence for a non-linguistic distinction between singular and plural sets in rhesus monkeys

@article{Barner2008EvidenceFA,
  title={Evidence for a non-linguistic distinction between singular and plural sets in rhesus monkeys},
  author={David Barner and Justin N. Wood and M. Hauser and S. Carey},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2008},
  volume={107},
  pages={603-622}
}
Set representations are explicitly expressed in natural language. For example, many languages distinguish between sets and subsets (all vs. some), as well as between singular and plural sets (a cat vs. some cats). Three experiments explored the hypothesis that these representations are language specific, and thus absent from the conceptual resources of non-linguistic animals. We found that rhesus monkeys spontaneously discriminate sets based on a conceptual singular-plural distinction. Under… Expand
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