+ Christian Perrein: La numération vigésimale dans l’écozone paléarctique est-elle d’origine mésolithique? (posthumously)


This article highlights the “linguistic areas” for the vigesimal counting system in the Palearctic region. These areas can be associated with the existing language families to a considerable degree. The vigesimality appears as an archaism that it is interesting, particularly with regard to the Neolithization process whose spatiotemporal dynamics in Europe are well known. In a long-term history of counting and number construction, the attempt to understand this phenomenon should be given an anthropological perspective and an interdisciplinary approach that includes both linguistics and cognitive sciences.

[indo-europeanization, historical linguistics, vigesimality, numerals, hunter-gatherers, megalithism, totemism]