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Numbers (was Re: Ebonic Christmas)

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Saturday, January 15, 2000, 5:17
On Thu, 13 Jan 2000 19:57:42 -0600, Axiem <axiem@...> wrote:

>ObConLang: > How do you all handle numbers, anyways? Like saying "I have 5 things" >or whatever? Would it be considered an adjective, or article of some >sort? I know Di^me'l uses base 16 numbers, but I'm not sure how to say I >have so many of an object, or even how to count above 10 (base 16) >would 11 be (ten)(one) or (one)(ten) or something else?
Jarrda uses numerical classifiers, which are considered nouns, and this construction can modify another noun. So "I have 5 apples" would be "sti rrazsan kim", while "I have 5 gerbils" would be "sti rraznen sniska". The numeral in both cases is "rraz", which is attached to a classifier such as "san" or "nen". Numbers in Tirelat will probably be included in the general class of modifiers (svira), which also includes adverbs. I haven't really thought much about this class of words and how they work in Tirelat sentences yet. -- languages of Kolagia---> +---<>--- Thryomanes /"If all Printers were determin'd not to print any (Herman Miller) / thing till they were sure it would offend no body, moc.oi @ rellimh <-/ there would be very little printed." -Ben Franklin