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Re: Cardinal vs Ordinal Age

From:Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 5, 2003, 8:41
Hmm. Isn't the phrase "Ani ben sh'loshim ve hhamesh" standard?

-- Yitzik

----- Original Message -----
From: dansulani
Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2003 11:34 AM

> On 4 Nov, Ray Brown wrote: > > > Ordinals seem favored by people when they reach that time when they no > > longer try to hide their age but rather wish to boast of their longevity. > > Certainly IME nongenarians are likely to say "I'm in my 93rd year" rather > > than the tamer "I'm only 92". :) > > Interesting. Yet little children who boast about how big > they are use cardinal numbers (in English and Israeli Hebrew). > Even earlier, when they can barely count, little kids who > hold up fingers to tell how old they are, are also using > cardinal numbers. Possibly because kids learn cardinal > numbers before ordinal numbers. Would this be a > language universal? > > Dan Sulani > --------------------------------------------------------- > likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a. > > A word is an awesome thing. >


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