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!