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# Re: numerals

From: Frank George Valoczy 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
>
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