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Re: orthographic borrowings

From:Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 2:30
In a message dated 2000/05/09 10:42:39 PM, Nik quoted me & wrote:

>Jonathan Chang wrote: >> as _hommage_ to the Hindu mathematicians who >> came up with the earliest, workable theory of zero/null/void] > >Earliest in the West, but the Maya had zero long before they did, even >incorporating it into their calendar <<SNIP>> There's >evidence that they were using the Long Count as far back as 355 BC. I >don't know how accurate that evidence is, but it was definitely in use >during the Maya Classical Period, around AD 200-900.
Yes I read that in a book on ethnomathematics. But what I mean to say is the Hindu idea influenced the Chinese & Arabs, then Arabs transmitted the idea further to "the West" (the current number system used almost worldwide now is accurately called "Hindu-Arabic"). Hence this particular _hommage_. I wonder what the Mayan word is for 0. Maybe the Mayan word & _Sunya_ then can be portmaneau'ed into one _hommage_ word in my conlang SynThrax =) lingua numera fracti-person, zHANg