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Re: numerals

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Wednesday, April 4, 2001, 21:57
On Wed, 4 Apr 2001, Andreas Johansson wrote:

> Hm, I'm working on Tairezazh's numbers sytem. I've not even managed to > conjure up a word for "zero" yet, but I've made a system that's quite > simple:
Er...since in the history of math zero is usually the latecomer, I'd say you're fine. :-)
> The base is ten, uncreatively enough. To create the numbers 11-19, you just > add the name of the relevant unit to the word for ten. Eg, _thel_ "ten" and > _dza_ "one" gives _thel-dza_ "eleven". Add _vef_ "three" instead and you get > _thel-vef_ "thirteen". To express multiples of ten, you add the unit before > instead - _sei_ "two" gives _seithel_ "twenty", _vef_ gives _vefthel_ > "thirty" etc. This works nice up to _trafthel-trav_ "ninety-nine" (notice > assimilation _vth_>_fth_. Normally you'd expect >_vdh_ instead, but the > stress is on _thel_ in these words). Now, **_thelthel_ wouldn't do, instead > we have _ksád_ "hundred". The same system can be applied to this -
[snip] Mathematicians in Tairezazh must have a lot of fun rolling the syllables off their tongues when discussing the larger numbers. :-) YHL