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From: "Lars Henrik Mathiesen" <[log in to unmask]>
> > Date:         Fri, 19 Oct 2001 18:16:26 +1000
> > From: Tristan Alexander McLeay <[log in to unmask]>
> >
> > How is English, given the nature of 'eleven' and 'twelve'? Partially
base
> > twelve but normally decimal? Or am I misunderstanding the concept?
>
> Eleven comes from *ain-lif, meaning one left (after taking ten).
> Twelve is similar. So these are actually base ten as well, just
> expressing it a different way.

Now let's imagine a sort of shift, where since Eleven and Twelve are no
longer transparently separated into morphemes, that we start English over in
base twelve:

1  one
2  two
3  three
4  four
5  five
6  six
7  seven
8  eight
9  nine
X  ten
E  eleven
10 twelve
11 baker's dozen
12 dozen'n'two
20 two dozen
X0 ten dozen
100 one gross
...
156 one gross five dozen six



    *Muke!