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Odd thing.

From:Joe <joe@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 10, 2002, 19:37
I was looking at Finninsh for a while.  As I was looking at the numbers,
something struck me.

The numbers 1 and 2 are <yksi> and <kaksi> respectively.  Now, the numbers 8
and 9 are <kahdeksan> and <yhdeksan>.

now, these, to me, look suspiciously indo-european.

<kahdeksan> looks to me, like an merge of <kaksi> and <deksan>.  The <kaksi>
bit is obvious, as 8 is of course, 10 - 2.  But, of course, <deksan>  is
nowhere near the Finnish word for 10, <kymmenen> . However, it suspiciously
resembles PIE <dekm>.

Can someone please explain this away for my peace of mind?


John Cowan <jcowan@...>