# Post

## Region: Council of Constructed Languages

Cool! I've never seen a system where the cardinal numbers are derived from the ordinal numbers instead of vice versa. I might actually steal (borrow) that concept for Inna if it's ok with you*..? :P

I think however that the odd/even set up would make it a quite unstable system, as the connections between the cardinals and ordinals are a bit weak. Try teaching a kid (or a foreigner) that you count a flock of *third of dark sheep* but the last sheep you count is *the fifth sheep*. With memorisation of two terms for each number pair (cardinal/ordinal) it's definetely possible, and the underlying logic will certainly help; but I would expect such a system to fall apart over time anyhow. Which I guess is what happened before Aruzhin?

Anyway, it's cool to see such diachronic detail with a residual trace of an earlier system in the daughter language. :)

__Numbers__

The numeral system of Inna is decimal, with the ordinal numbers being the basic forms from which cardinal, distributive and fractional numbers are derived. When counting (with or without referent) the cardinal numbers are also used.

Ordinal numbers:

1st - *alə*

2nd - *ətti*

3rd - *neni*

4th - *manəs*

5th - *mana*

6th - *əδen*

7th - *punu*

8th - *iδu*

9th - *kəkəs*

10th - *kəku*

Cardinal numbers, with the exception of 1, are derived by suffixing -mə up to and including 4, and -(n)i for numbers above 4:

1 - *ma*

2 - *əttimə*

3 - *nenimə*

4 - *manəsmə*

5 - *manani*

6 - *əδeni*

7 - *pununi*

8 - *iδuni*

9 - *kəkəsi*

10 - *kəkuni*

Auruna and Lower Alterac