|From:||Anton Sherwood <bronto@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, December 13, 2001, 5:44|
> >>> (Somehow, the more extreme examples in English phonology -- "two
> >>> sixths [t_hu: sIksTs]" -- never seem to come up in these discussions.)
Andrew Chaney wrote:
> Of course if I were really going to say "two sixths",
> I'd probably say it "one third". But that's just me.
They could be ordinal sixths.
Latin, incidentally, has names for all the fractions n/12:
5 qui:ncu:nc- (< quinque unciae)
8 be:ss- (< duess-)
(all are third declension, i.e. consonant-stem, except <u:ncia>)
I'm tempted to make cardinals, ordinals and reciprocals independent of
each other; if I'm feeling really wicked that day they'll be on
Anton Sherwood -- http://www.ogre.nu/