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base-20 (was Re: Numbers from 1 to 12 in Ayeri)

From:Trebor Jung <treborjung@...>
Date:Friday, August 20, 2004, 18:02
Jörg wrote: "I am confused.  You say the Ayeri use a base-12 system, yet you
give the meanings of the larger numeral words (_menea_, _mennim_ etc.) as
`10^6', `10^9', etc.  If you mean powers of 12, you should write `12^6',
`12^9', etc. Anything else is misleading.  You also should not use words
such as `hundred', `thousand', `million', etc. when referring to powers of
12.  They simply are not the same numbers."

Hmm... I wanted something exotic so I made Kosi base-20, but I don't really
know how such a system works. I know that there are separate lexemes for the
numbers one through twenty in base-20 languages (Kosi üs, ket, kom, ner, öt,
sab, het, kaes, kic, den, len, töl, tin, von, sihn, sen, ein, naem, tuan),
but not much else... Could someone please enlighten me?


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Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>