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Re: numerals

From:Frank George Valoczy <valoczy@...>
Date:Wednesday, April 4, 2001, 20:02
Anyone use base-60 like Sumerian did?

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: > > 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 - > _trafksád-dza_ "nine-hundred-one", _seithel-vefksád-vefthel-sei_ > "twenty-three-hundred-thirty-two" = "two-thousand-three-hundred-thirty-two". > Ten thousand (100x100) is _tsfail_, and the greatest number I can express > this far it > _trafthel-trafksád-trafthel-traftsfail-trafthel-trafksád-trafthel-trav_, > that is ninety-nine-houndred-ninety-nine-ten > thousand-ninety-nine-hundred-ninety-nine, aka 99.999.999. Now I just need a > word for hundred-million ... > > Anybody got through those four _trafthel_s? Neat, innit? > > Any natlang(s) that use a similar system? > > Andreas > > _________________________________________________________________________ > Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at >
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