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 [email protected]


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.