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|
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
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?
"Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones
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