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Query:   Numbers 6-10
Author:  MARC PICARD
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Language Documentation

Summary:   - ----
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
Reference to <http://www.tezcat.com/~markrose/number=s. html>
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

LL Issue: 8.444
Date Posted: 31-Mar-1997
Original Query: Read original query


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