# Re: SAMPA sucks! (Or, a few samples of the Ridiculese...)

From: | Michael Potter <mhpotter@...> |

Date: | Saturday, April 10, 2004, 18:25 |

Danny Wier wrote:
> From: "Frank George Valoczy" <valoczy@...>

>>Anyways, here are the numbers one to ten in Ridiculese (it's base-60, like
>>Sumerian, but I can't be arsed to SAMPA-ify all the 60 right now...)
>
>
> Sexagesimal numeration pwns. I've decided to use base-60 for Tech instead of
> base-20 for whole numbers/base-12 for fractions. I still have to figure out
> how I'll be compounding roots polysynthetically to make numbers.
>
> Now how would I adapt Indo-Arabic numerals to sexagesimal? Or should I just
> express Pi as 3,08.29.44.00.47.26... and this year as 33.24 (23.45 Hijri,
> 1.36.04 Jewish)?
>
>

I'm not going to get into the SAMPA debate that will inevitably follow,
but this part interests me. Suvile uses a hybrid base-12/60 system for
numbers. This year would therefore be written as 29'20.[*] (1B'39 and
1"30'4 for the other two calendars, with B=11)
As you can see, I used something similar to the old method of using
superscripted Roman numerals, except that I use superscripts for whole
numbers and subscripts for decimals. But Suvile is supposed to look
reasonable, since it's my conculture's main language. I can't answer for
Tech. :)
--
Michael
[*] It's hard to think in a non-decimal base. I mislabeled my Suvile
notebook, writing 33'24 instead of 29'20. And yes, I *do* use paper
notebooks.