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Route description in Iwaidja: grammar and conceptualisation of motion
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Mathematics Education Research Centre (UMERC). Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education. Charles Darwin University. (Language and Communication)
2016 (English)In: PNA, ISSN 1886-1350, E-ISSN 1887-3987, Vol. 11, no 1, 53-74 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study focussed on the effect of grammar of Iwaidja, an indigenous Australian language, on mathematical conceptualisation. It investigated route description in Iwaidja. Spatial concepts such as direction, height and movement in relation to another object are briefly described using examples. Differences between English and Iwaidja are used to illustrate the some of the impact of grammar on mathematical conceptualisation. The implications are discussed in terms of how understanding these grammatical features can help teachers, especially when children are not fluent in the language of instruction, as well as providing keys to cross-linguistic investigations of mathematical cognition.

Abstract [es]

Este estudio se centró en el efecto de la gramática de iwaidja, una lengua indígena de Australia, en la conceptualización matemática. Se investigó la descripción de ruta en esta lengua. Conceptos espaciales tales como dirección, altura y el movimiento en relación con otro objeto, se describieron utilizando ejemplos. Diferencias entre el inglés y el iwaidja son usadas para ilustrar el impacto de la gramática en la conceptualización matemática. Las implicaciones consideran cómo la comprensión de estas características gramaticales puede ayudar a los maestros, sobre todo cuando los niños no hablan con fluidez el idioma de la instrucción, así como proporcionar claves para investigaciones translingüística de la cognición matemática.

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2016. Vol. 11, no 1, 53-74 p.
Keyword [en]
Cognition, Culture, Grammatical structures, Indigenous, Mathematical conceptualisation, Spatial language
Keyword [es]
Cognición, Conceptualización matemática, Cultura, Estructuras gramaticales, Indígenas, Lenguaje espacial
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Pedagogy Learning
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didactics of mathematics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-126086ISI: 000391199800004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-126086DiVA: diva2:975045
Note

A previous version of this document was originally published as Edmonds-Wathen, C. (2016). The grammar and conceptualisation of motion in Iwaidja. In K. Krainer & N. Vondrová (Eds.), Proceedings of the Ninth Conference of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (pp. 1361-1367). Prague, Czech Republic: Charles University and ERME.

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