wrote: Kuerhyedeenistan 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.
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
wrote: Kuerhyedeenistan 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. wrote: Kowani "a bit"
217,518 - Tiinoniri'kontiinoniminvaikoniriviinaalonimi'to'kuulonimi'kontiinoniminvaikoniriviinaaloniri
I don't see anything wrong with this. XD