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Re: Notya's counting system

From:R. Nierse <rnierse@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 5, 1999, 10:58
> Van: Christophe Grandsire <Christophe.Grandsire@...> > Aan: Multiple recipients of list CONLANG <CONLANG@...> > Onderwerp: Notya's counting system > Datum: dinsdag 4 mei 1999 9:13 > > > Do you know any other conlang or natlang that uses a system like
that? I'm
> curious to know whether it's really an original invention, or if, as
> I just reinvented something already existing.
It reminds me of the way the Meso-American peoples counted their days. That was based on a vigesimal counting system as well. As soon as a cycle of twenty days is completed, a next cycle begins. IIRC 'twenty' was called 'completed' or something like that by the Aztecs. The Maya counted in cycles as well (they had more than one counting system). A way to say '56' was '4 to go to complete the third cycle'. Take a look at and see the similarities between your system and the way baktuns (144.000), katuns (7200), tuns (360), winales (20) and kins (1) work. I've never seen a conlang using this kind of system.
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