Hallo conlangers! On Friday 08 July 2011 14:42:52, And Rosta wrote: > Jörg Rhiemeier, On 08/07/2011 13:31: > > There are indeed infinitely many prime numbers, > > [...] > > > So in a prime-based number system, you can't just go by > > multiplication, because for that you'd need infinitely many > > basic numeral words. > > But you could have a system that generates infinitely many numeral words > for primes; that is, the primes needn't be morphologically basic, even if > they're mathematically basic. For example, each prime could be named "nth > prime", where n is its ordinal position by magnitude, in the sequence > <1,2,3,5,7,11,13,17,19...>. 19 would be Prime-9, or Prime-3*3 (~ > Prime-(Prime(3)*Prime(3))), or Prime-2+1^2, or whatever. The productive > system of prime naming need only kick in above a certain threshold, so > that everyday primes have a short simplex name. Sure. That would indeed work - but I think that is monstrously inconvenient, especially regarding the recursive naming of higher primes as "Prime(Prime(Prime(x)*Prime(y))*Prime(z))" etc. It may be something some computer-augmented "superpeople" could be able to handle, but certainly not normal humans - I seriously do not want to learn such a language! -- ... brought to you by the Weeping Elf http://www.joerg-rhiemeier.de/Conlang/index.html "Bêsel asa Êm, a Êm atha cvanthal a cvanth atha Êmel." - SiM 1:1