From: "Andreas Johansson" <[log in to unmask]>

| The word "erectid" refers to group a closely related species or variants,
| including Homo erectus and Homo Ergaster. They were rather tall and slender
| (one book I've got claims an average male height of 180cm, which'd beat
| modern humans). As implied by the name "erectid", they went fully upright.
| As for hairiness, nobody knows. Their intellectual capacity would've been
| found somewhere between modern man and modern chimpanzees.

Okay, thanks a million; that's what I was looking for. Tall and gangly. But see

| What you describe sounds more like Homo neanderthalensis, which altho' not
| very tall was broadly built and addapted to cold. Generally thought to've
| been brighter than the erectids, but presumeably less so than modern humans.

Combine the broad build and cold-hardiness of Neanderthals with the height and
lack of intelligence of Erectids then. The troll is a product of genetic
experimentation using extinct human genes.

| Well, many hunter-gatherer peoples have had languages with only a few
| unsystematic basic nummerals and ordinals. From you descriptions I'd rather
| expect a Troll to count "one, two, three, many, lots ..."

Or I was thinking of having no words for numerals, with numbers being
communicated by gestures (holding up six fingers instead of saying "six"). I
might use the Lojban database instead of English and French to derive the
vocabulary, and there are no numbers in the list if I remember rightly. Numbers
would be written using lines, like one would write four vertical strokes and
then write a line across them for a group of five....

I'm still wondering how I should mark number in LANCA, since there is no -(e)s
plural ending. Either repeat the word, or use an adjective like "many".