LINGUIST List 8.444

Mon Mar 31 1997

Sum: Numbers 6-10

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  1. MARC PICARD, Numbers 6-10

Message 1: Numbers 6-10

Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 21:55:10 -0500
Subject: Numbers 6-10

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Last week, I asked for the following information:

>I'm looking for languages in which some or all of the numbers 6-10 are
>compositions of 1+5, 2+5, etc. I would prefer cases where this is
>relatively transparent but I'll be more than happy to receive any data
>and/or references pertaining to such structures.

It looks like the dust has settled now so I'd like to thank the
following people for responding to my query and providing
information of the following languages:

Lance Eccles				Cambodian
Bruce Connell				Benue-Congo Languages
Larry Trask				Classical Nahuatl
Bill McKellin				Managalase
John Reighard				Japanese
Catherine Rudin				Omaha
Jussi Karlgren				Finnish
Julie Reid				Australian Aboriginal Languages
Marcia Haag				Choctaw
Susan Fischer				Nihonsyuwa (Japanese Sign Language)
Malcolm Ross				Oceanic Austronesian
Jacques Guy				Sakao (Vanuatu)
Chris Culy				Fula
Robin Thelwall	 			Daju Liguri
Pius ten Hacken				Guarani
Jakob Dempsey				Tibeto-Burman
John E. Koontz				Omaha-Ponca
Mikael Parkvall				
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Bill Fisher				Ainu
Nicole Nau				Khmer
MJ Hardman				Aymara
Terhi Rissanen				Finnish

In essence, the various languages that were described can be
classified as follows:

(1) 	those with (pretty) transparent 5+1, etc. (excluding 10);
(2)	those with ROOT (not 5)+1, etc. (excluding 10);
(3)	those with 3+3, etc.
(4)	those with some vestige of one or more of the numbers 1-5 in 
	the series 6-9.

Unfortunately, I didn't get any data on what I was most interested in,
namely the specific sequences 1+5, 2+5, etc. Now I know that such
languages exist because I found some a few years ago in searching
through Meillet & Cohen's LES LANGUES DU MONDE. I wish I could
find more, though. Any other suggestions? Anyway, thanks again to
all of you.

Marc Picard
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