Re: Unilang report
|From:||Weiben Wang <wwang@...>|
|Date:||Monday, May 21, 2001, 18:52|
Just wondering, how does the traditional, 20-based system work, and do you know
when and how the new system was created?
On Mon, 21 May 2001, Raymond Brown wrote:
> At 9:01 pm -0400 20/5/01, Oskar Gudlaugsson wrote:
> >The numerals function pretty much as in Chinese, Japanese, or, if I
> >remember an old post of Raymond Brown's correctly, as in Welsh, and
> >probably lots of other langs:
> >11 = '10' '1'
> >20 = '2' '10'
> >99 = '9' '10' '9'
> Small point - in modern Welsh 11 = '1' '10' '1' = un deg un :)
> In case anyone is wondering, Welsh has _two_ system for numbers:
> traditional (counting in 20s) and modern (decimal). The modern is now used
> almost universally except when telling the time or giving one's age up to
> about 30, after which the modern is generally used (because it's easier).
> A mind which thinks at its own expense
> will always interfere with language.
> [J.G. Hamann 1760]