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Number and Size matter: Discrete versus continuous entities

By Lisa M. Cantrell and Linda B. Smith


The distinction between discrete and continuous entities plays an important role in understanding of quantities as well as in categorical knowledge. There is a robust literature both in the domain of quantity perception and in noun learning concerning the factors relevant to this distinction; however, there has been little joint investigation of these issues. Here, we investigated the effects of number and size of named entities on the interpretation of a novel noun as an object or continuous mass. We found that number and size matter and may relate deeply to current distinctions between discrete and continuous estimators of quantity

Topics: number, size, discrete, continuous, object name
Year: 2014
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