Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Language, mathematics, and cerebral distinctness

William O'Grady a1
a1 Department of Linguistics, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822


The cerebral distinctness of the linguistic and mathematical faculties does not entail their functional independence. Approaches to language that posit a common foundation for the two make claims about design features, not location, and are thus not affected by the finding that one ability can be spared by a neurological accident that compromises the other.