Re: Historical Sound Change & Numbers Puzzle
|From:||Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, March 13, 2007, 17:01|
On 3/11/07, Roger Mills <rfmilly@...> wrote:
> Joseph Fatula wrote:
> > The real work wasn't in making these numbers, it was in fiddling with
> > dozens of ideas for number systems. This one isn't the first one I
> > tried.
> A year or two back, someone (was it you?) produced a system that involved
> IIRC prime numbers....Fascinating-- this system is, too.
The original gzb number system (1998-2002) was based
exclusively on primes, and the current number system
still makes extensive use of compounding prime-number
morphemes to get most number words up to about 20.
In early 2002 I added morphemes for 10, 100, 10000
and for 16, 16^2 and 16^4, and discarded the root
words for larger primes which I had never really learned
to use, after finally deciding that I couldn't learn the
language fluently with a purely prime-based number system.