The origin of counting systems

Not all languages count by 10s. Some count by 5s, or 6s, or 8s, or 12s, or 20s, or even by 60s! But how do these counting systems emerge? Check out the video to find out!


Published by Daniel W. Hieber, Ph.D.

I'm a research linguist working to document and revitalize endangered languages. I study the crosslinguistic patterns we see in the world's languages. I work primarily with the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana.

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