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Padraic's numbers (fi: JG's list of conlangs)

From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Thursday, July 24, 2003, 8:34
 --- Padraic skrzypszy:

> Did you get the Giants' numerary? The peculiar > way the Giants of Kemrese legend count. When they > can count at all. If not, it's: [...]
Interesting. No, never seen it before. Who are these Giants of Kemrese legend? I don't think I have ever read about them. How come they speak a descendant of Old English (or perhaps Old Frisian?) |x| is pronounced [x], I presume?
> Ah - well, Talarian has two sets of numbers, a > usual base twelve and a mathematical base ten. > The mathematical numbers are Sanskrit in origin;
Ha! No, I've never seen these before either, otherwise I would surely have remembered. Be sure I'm not disappointed! I'm curious about the pronunciation, though, especially in cases like |ww|, |ç| and |çç|. Why do I always get such a "Hittite feeling" when I look at Talarian?
> the usual numbers derive from some adstrate > language or other. I don't know what one, though, > and there are no traces of IE roots at all in > this number set.
That's clear. In other words: this set is a priori? BTW Yllurian has the same set as Talarian?
> The Daine in general do not count the way Men do.
What exactly are the Daine? Another sentient humanoid species within The World?
> They use "number > estimations", so in stead of saying they have > twenty-seven widgets, they'd say they have a > score and a half or five hands; and not worry > about the extra or lacking widgets.
> In general, the native Daine numbers are: > > 10 crunc > 20 gamal (=quite a few)
Is Daine, like Kerno, a language that allows more than one spelling for a word? Like you write "crunck" and "gammal" in the description?
> Only in Westmarche do the Daine count in Mannish > fashion:
That's England, I suppose?
> The Dream Language numbers: [...]
Hmm... Celtic impressionism?
> Mentolatian, spoken by a curious people a ways > down the coast whose chief occupation is the > cultivation and export of medicinal herbs:
Strange, I was always under the impression that Mentolatian was a Romance language. Well, clearly Indo-European, but I couldn't say which family. I see traces of Italic, Germanic, Tocharian, Indic... Please remind me: Mentolatian is also a language of The World, right? Jan ===== "Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones ________________________________________________________________________ Want to chat instantly with your online friends? Get the FREE Yahoo! Messenger


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