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Re: Number nine, number nine.,..

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 5:39
"Daniel A. Wier" wrote:
> A tentative name for this language is "Number Nine", because of its > nine-letter alphabet. I offer this challenge to anybody interested...
With the syllable-structure you gave, essentially (C)V(n) with the final syllable being (C)V(C). So, I did some calculations based on that: Possible syllables (non-final): 42 (7*3*2) - 6 initial consonants plus zero, 3 vowels, one possible coda (homorganic nasal) plus zero Possible final syllables: 147 (7*3*7) One-syllable words: 147 Two-syllable words: 6174 (42*147) Cumulative: 6321 Three-syllable words: 259,308 (42*42*147) Cumulative: 265,629 Four-syllable words: 10,890,936 (42^3*147) Cumulative: 11,156,592 So, if you allow roots up to four syllables, there shouldn't be too much trouble. Grammar could be isolating, or perhaps you could use one-syllable inflections (42 possible forms) -- "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