# More numbers and math

From: | taliesin the storyteller <taliesin@...> |

Date: | Friday, September 22, 2000, 11:11 |

* Matt McLauchlin <matt_mcl@...> [000922 09:38]:
> I said:
> > - can numbers be negative?
>
> Yes; "minus two" is "sau r'cadand" (two owed). Positive two would be "sau
> opseiand" (two possessed).

Neat!
General follwup: does anyone have several number-systems for the same
conlang? târuven's got four so far (binary, base5, base8, base24) and
yes it's a mess!
Numbers 0-10 (dec) in base 5:
aìle þa ran 'venn kaìr nnta nnta-þa nnta-ran nnta-kaìr renn
Conculturally, base 5 is the homey, oldfashioned, common way to count.
Wages, prices, sizes, age, things like that. There's a system of logic
based on 5 (true, probably true, either-or, probably false, false) but
as I'm not a logician I can't elaborate. Base 8 is the spiffy
simplification of base 24 and the sibling of binary. More on those some
other time.
t.