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Re: Tarnese Numbers

From:Etak <tarnagona@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 21, 2004, 16:27

Geoff Horswood wrote:
<<<>-----Tarnese Numbers-----
> >The Tarnese use an octal number system. The Tarnese don't >have calculators. Instead they calculate on their version >of an abacus, called a sílemùwd.
Interesting. If you have a "magical" noun category, I assume you have magic, so is magic widely available enough for a magical abacus as a calculator-equivalent?>>> Yes, they do have magic. The '-uwd' indicates that the abacus is man-made rather than magical. Perhaps a self-calculating abacus is the next big thing in Tarnese mathmatics. I'm thinking I might switch the numbers around so they go from left to right, instead of right to left. I was trying a couple of math problems this morning and found it extremely difficult to keep the numbers straight, especially on an abacus when I'm used to doing things the other way. <<<>A small math vocabulary
> >to add - shanílew >addition - kazhánùwd >to subtract - longílew >subtraction - kalóngùwd >to multiply - pezílew >multiplication - kabézùwd >to divide - thidílew >division - kadhídùwd >to count - telàmendílew (lit. something like 'to one-two'
is there a difference between _ew_ and -u`wd_?>>> Yes, there is. I don't think there's much of a sound difference between 'ew' and 'uw', but I'm not a native speaker (of course :)) so I don't know if they'd be able to hear a difference. However, I do think of them as different vowels. '-ilew' is the infinitive ending for intellectaul verbs (actions that require mostly thinking, but some movement too. Examples are 'to talk', and 'to look') The suffix '-uwd' is the ergative suffix for man-made nouns. [snip] <<<What do you conceptualise as the difference between "unnatural" and "man-made"?>>> Man-made items are anything that is made by a person, houses, furniture, tools, etc. Unnatural things are things that are not supposed to have happened, or things that are out of place. So called natural disasters like floods and earthquakes would be considered unnatural. Also something like a magical spell gone wrong would be unnatural. (Idiomatical it's also used as an insult. Attaching an unnatural suffix to a word, implies that that thing should not exist.) Thank you for the suggestions. ---Etak ______________________________________________________________________ Post your free ad now!