by Max Barry

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Region: Council of Constructed Languages

Kuerhyedeenistan wrote: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 had some time now and went ahead without waiting for your permission.. XO

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

It's alright, you can take my concepts without permission just like languages IRL. XD

Kuerhyedeenistan wrote: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. :)

Yep, it surely fell apart before Aruzhin with a new "modernised" system but the suffixes remained which is then inherited by Aruzhin.

Aurun has a similar one in the form of -des which is a shortened form of the suffix -desiri which came from the Aruzhin word for ordinal, kiidesiri which came from the Aruz word for number, kuidesiriini.

And then Aurun has a word for ordinal that is derived from the Aruzhin kiidesiri which is kiitesi.

Kowani wrote:"a bit"

217,518 - Tiinoniri'kontiinoniminvaikoniriviinaalonimi'to'kuulonimi'kontiinoniminvaikoniriviinaaloniri

I don't see anything wrong with this. XD