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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. -- Jim Henry