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Re: [Fwd: dozenal and hexadecimal digits]

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Saturday, May 13, 2000, 23:49
Raymond Brown wrote:
> (I still think it's superior to the decimal one
Me too, which is why most of my conlangs use one. Either that or base-6. An early draft of W's numbers used a base 24. An early form of Proto-Kassi-Plia [ancestor to Watakassí) used a base-6 system, but early on borrowed the numbers for 7-12 from another language. Indeed, many of PKP's relatives did the same, which is why in comparing branches of the Kashic family, 1-6 are found to be related, but 7-12 are not. In fact, the word for 11 in PKP couldn't've been native, it was _'inú_ - the glottal stop was a foreign phoneme.
> I used the symbols X and H for 'ten' & 'eleven'
I just use A and B.
> My admiration goes to the peoples Sumeria & Babylonia with > their sexagesimal system.
Did they actually use separate roots for all those numbers, or was the sexagesimal system purely a writing convention? -- "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor