# Re: R: Various stuff

From: | Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> |

Date: | Tuesday, December 5, 2000, 2:47 |

Mangiat tleiceiç:
> Even if it's not true we count in base 10 only because we have 10 fingers,
> that is the main reason, at least IMO. If you have 8 fingers, then it'll be
> quite normal counting in base 8.

Of course it's the reason. It's quite uncommon in languages for numbers
not to be based on either 5 (i.e., one hand), 10 (i.e., both hands), or
20 (i.e., all digits). I've heard of a language with base-8, but those
people counted on the *spaces* between their fingers, and I think I've
heard of base-12 systems being used. At least, I hope there are, since
I incorporated a bit of base 12 into Roumán. :-)
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