Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ

# Numerals in Conlangs (was; The Saharan page (was; Basque article))

From: Steg Belsky Wednesday, August 11, 1999, 22:46
```On Wed, 11 Aug 1999 17:06:13 -0500 Eric Christopherson
<raccoon@...> writes:
>> Hmm....does anyone's conlang/conculture do stuff like that?
>> The Rokbeigalm have real numerals, which are based on finger-binary,
>>so they don't need to use letters.
>I'm not sure what you mean by finger-binary...
Well, binary is all 1s and 0s.
Finger binary has open-finger for 1, and clenched-finger for 0.

So here goes:

Clench your fist, so that no fingers are sticking out.  That's 0.
Now unfold your thumb.  That's 1.
2 in binary is "10", so fold your thumb back in and stick out your next
finger, the pointer finger.
10+1=11, the binary "3".  So stick your thumb back out again.
4 in binary is "100", so close everything and just stick out your middle
finger (but don't point it at anyone!).

And it continues like that:
(. = closed, | = open)
(Rokbeigalmki is decimal)

euro-arabic = fingerbinary = approximation of rokbeigalmki
0 = ..... = O
1 = ....| = I (vertical line)
2 = ...|. = b (vertical line with loop at the bottom)
3 = ...|| = U
4 = ..|.. = E without the top horizontal
5 = ..|.| = U with horizontal crossbar
6 = ..||. = F rotated counterclockwise 90 degrees
7 = ..||| = W
8 = .|... = d (like the numeral for 2 backwards)
9 = .|..| = U with double horizontal crossbars

Finger-binary is more compact than just plain counting on your fingers,
since you can get up to 31 with only one hand.

-Stephen (Steg)
rezaz, sud'...|._.|..|-a tza'giiyal, ...||'ao''le''ro, uz.
(today is the 29th of Giiyal, 3 FCR)

___________________________________________________________________
Get the Internet just the way you want it.
Free software, free e-mail, and free Internet access for a month!
Try Juno Web: http://dl.www.juno.com/dynoget/tagj.
```