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R: Re: Tiny Ini Update

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 9, 2000, 17:43
Teoh wrote:

> On Tue, Aug 08, 2000 at 05:03:09PM -0400, nicole perrin wrote: > [snip] > > Anyway, I have a question about Ini's new feature. What do you call a > > base nine system? (You know, along the lines of binary & decimal) And > > what do you call systems with other bases? And, ObConlang, whose > > conlangs use number systems with weird bases? > > I think a base-9 system is called "nonimal"... but I could be wrong, since > I'm just extrapolating from the fact that "decimal" is "deci-" (10) and > "-mal", and "noni-" is the radix for 9. It could be "nonary" in analogy to > "binary", but I don't think so. :-)
: ) Nah, 'decimal' derives from lat. 'decimalis', which is from 'decimus' = 'tenth'. 'Ninth' is 'nonus', thus it should be *'nonalis' > nonal , if you want to make it up this way!
> And talking about conlangs with weird number bases... I'm starting a > conlang which will probably use a base-3 or base-9 numbering system (not > sure yet). The reason I chose 3 or 9 isn't arbitrary either... it's a > principal part in the philosophy of the culture behind the language.
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