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 likethat? I'm
> curious to know whether it's really an original invention, or if, asusual,
> 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 http://www.halfmoon.org/calendar.html 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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