# Tatari Faran numbers

From: | H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...> |

Date: | Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 3:14 |

I don't remember if I've already posted about this before, but maybe
it's worthwhile to post it again if it has. :-)
The Tatari Faran number system uses base-5 counting. It has 5 sets of
basic numbers, each of which contains multiples of a particular power of
5:
jiras - 1 pikas - 5 meijas - 25
bunas - 2 heibikas - 10 hujas - 50
di'as - 3 dibikas - 15 teri'as - 75
ni'as - 4 kuanas - 20 tan'as - 100
titiras - 125 daranas - 625
heiniras - 250 tiranas - 1250
keiniras - 375 heiranas - 1875
buanas - 500 keiranas - 2500
fiiranas - 3125
The numbers in-between are formed by compounding these basic numbers
together. Because they are all formed from distinct stems, there is no
repetition in the compounds. The compounding order is from least
significant to most significant:
jirapikas = 1 + 5 = 6 jirameijas = 1 + 25 = 26
bunapikas = 2 + 5 = 7 bunameijas = 2 + 25 = 27
di'apikas = 3 + 5 = 8 di'ameijas = 3 + 25 = 28
...
jirapikatitiras = 1 + 5 + 125 = 131
jiraheibikatitiras = 1 + 10 + 125 = 137
...
ni'akuanatan'abuanas = 4 + 20 + 100 + 500 = 624
It does get to be quite a mouthful once you count up high enough. Which
is no surprise, really, since only mathematicians, engineers, and
accountants in Fara actually use precise numbers up to those ranges. The
general populace do use the same number words, except that they are
approximate, so that one could say _tan'abuanas_ to mean "roughly 600"
without needing to specify the exact number. For your typical average
san faran farmer, _fiiranas_ pretty much means "infinity" or somewhere
in that vicinity. He'd just give you a strange look if you started
blabbering some number like _di'aribikahujatitiratiranafiiranas_ ...
How these numbers are used in a sentence is described in much more
detail here:
http://conlang.eusebeia.dyndns.org/fara/numbers.html
Teaser: TF has two types of cardinals and two types of ordinals. :-)
--T