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Re: [Fwd: dozenal and hexadecimal digits]

From:Marcus Smith <smithma@...>
Date:Sunday, May 14, 2000, 1:35
Nik Taylor wrote:

>Raymond Brown wrote: >> (I still think it's superior to the decimal one > >Me too, which is why most of my conlangs use one.
As does one of my conlangs which doesn't have a name yet. But since I'm not a big fan of things mathematical, and I love to make my conlangs as different from European languages as possible, my preferred way for a conlang to count is: one, two, more than two. This is what Telek does. olka "be one, alone" migonka "be two, both" baliil "be more than two; be a group" These words are, incidentally, the source of words relating to marriage and family. _Olkan_ is an unmarried person, _migonkan_ is a married couple, _baliilin_ is a family (or other closely knit group). The word _orkan_ is often used for "spinster", an elderly bachelor, or "loner, hermit" in general. Marcus