Am 19.12.01 [log in to unmask] yscrifef:
>Do any of you have two or more sets of numbers, used in different
>contexts? I have in mind the Japanese native series (hi hu mi yo)
>beside the Chinese imports (iti ni san si), and the Lincolnshire Celtic
>sheep-counting doggerel (yan tan tethera pethera pimp).
Kerno has several sets of numbers. The usual is the ancient
yen, daw, traw, padguar, pymp, seck, sect, oeck, naw, deck,
yendeck, dawdeck, trawdeck, cueduartheck, cuyntheck, sedgthack,
senthack, oentheck, nawntheck, wygaint; yeniwygaint, dawiwygaint,
etc.; 40 = davygaint; 60 = travygaint; 80 = padgrigaint; 100 =
cent (or cuedndgrigaint). There are irregularities, of course,
such as base 15 varieties for 16-19, 36-39, etc.
During the centuries of Kemrese linguistic hegemony, educators
and Government tried to foist a decimal system on the language:
yen - deck as above. 11 = yendeg, 12 = dewdeg, 13 = trewdeg,
14 = catheordeg, 15 = quendeg, 16 = seddeg, 17 = sethedeg,
18 = oethedeg, 19 = noedeg, 20 = gouent; gouent-i-yen, etc.
Clearly, 11-15 are based on Brithenig patterns. 16-19 deviate
from Brithenig (which itself goes all base fifteen on us). The
decimal system is never seen anymore.
Hoity toity prose uses what for everyone else are the
uno, bino, trino, cuederno, cueno, senno, setheno, oeckeno,
nono, deno, yendeno, dewdeno, trewdeno, cueduardeno, cuydndeno,
sedgeno, sendeno, oeckdeno, nawndeno, wyggeno, yeniwyggeno, etc.
When counting out pips on cards, dominos or dice; you use these
unea, binea, terdnea, cuarnea, cinckea, sestea, seyttea,
oyttea, nonea, dockea, ounzea, douzea.
An odd numeral system is the so called "Numereirs lor Giganz",
or Giants' Numerary. In southern and eastern Kemrese folk
literature, Giants speak English (after a fashion, and for
obvious reasons). Those that can count beyond "one" (or _to_
one, for that matter) count thus:
Oue, touey, threy, pouer, fife, selccan, sevyn, exten, nexen,
tyne, ethelenlevene, tweleven, threllevyn, forenten, fifenten,
selckenten, senenten, exentyne, nexentyne, deccantyne.
These are the numerals that can be used as _cardinals_; ordinals,
distributives, numeric adverbs, military numeric adverbs and
generic rank adverbs also exist.
Bethes gwaz vaz ha leal.