Nahuatl numerical system

Moderator: Ser

Vasili
Posts: 2
Joined: 2009-12-15, 11:33
Real Name: Leo de Valli
Gender: male
Location: Beirut
Country: LB Lebanon (لبنان)

Nahuatl numerical system

Postby Vasili » 2009-12-15, 13:35

Niltze ,

Is there any reform for the nahuatl numerical system to render it practical?
Lots of numbers need a mathematical calculation to find the multiples of 20 , 400 , ... which cannot be done instantly .

1999 :
- Nahuatl : (4 x 400 + 19 x 20 + 19) : nahui-centzotli-huan-caxtollin-nahui-cempolli-huan-caxtollin-nahui
or : four (four hundreds) and (fifteen and four) twenties and fifteen and four .

- English : (1000 + 900 + 99 ) : One thousand nine hundred ninety nine .

User avatar
Ser
Language Forum Moderator
Posts: 7523
Joined: 2008-08-14, 2:55
Real Name: Renato
Gender: male
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia / Colombie Britannique
Country: CA Canada (Canada)

Re: Nahuatl numerical system

Postby Ser » 2009-12-19, 17:37

There's not any need to make it more practical... Our numbers simply happen to use base 10 while Nahuatl's use base 20. The only problem that arises is when you want to compare them, so 1999 becomes 4.19.19.
carmina vel caelo possunt deducere lunam (Vergilius, Eclogae VIII.69)

User avatar
Mizton
Posts: 136
Joined: 2006-01-03, 20:17
Real Name: Fernando Pérez Peña
Gender: male
Location: Mexico City
Country: MX Mexico (México)
Contact:

Re: Nahuatl numerical system

Postby Mizton » 2009-12-22, 21:40

I know I already have some good knowledge of the Nahuatl language, and I should have a good answer for this, but the truth is hahaha, that I don't. I'm afraid of numbers in some languages, including Nahuatl, and actually, sadly, Nahua native speakers nowadays usually say quantities in Spanish :| Except maybe for the first 10 numbers... I hope somebody can help you with this.
Tlazohtlaliztli tlacuiloa ica miac tlapalli

johnH
Posts: 375
Joined: 2010-11-15, 16:54
Real Name: Johannes Horn
Gender: female
Country: IE Ireland (Éire / Ireland)

Re: Nahuatl numerical system

Postby johnH » 2011-02-28, 14:50

how is it hard[except when converting]‹{Okay big exception},
Curious that 20 seams to be common across the continent.
Trying to learn Please help:[flag]iu[/flag]
TEC:[flag]iu[/flag] {Passing onto next year because of late start as of 2010/11/18.}

vijayjohn
Language Forum Moderator
Posts: 21784
Joined: 2013-01-10, 8:49
Real Name: Vijay John
Gender: male
Location: Austin
Country: US United States (United States)

Re: Nahuatl numerical system

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-10-18, 5:21

Vigesimal counting systems are not that rare even in Europe and Asia. Basque is vigesimal, for instance. So is Burushaski.

User avatar
enricmm
Posts: 288
Joined: 2013-06-17, 14:51
Real Name: Enric Masclans Marin
Gender: male
Country: ES Spain (España)

Re: Nahuatl numerical system

Postby enricmm » 2018-04-08, 15:13

vijayjohn wrote:Vigesimal counting systems are not that rare even in Europe and Asia. Basque is vigesimal, for instance. So is Burushaski.


Not to mention that even in Romance (and even Germanic) languages you have remnants of vigesimal all over the place.
Native: (ca) Native against my will: (es)
Advanced: (de) (us)
Intermediate: (zh)
Beginner: (ga) (ja)
Desiderata: (ar) (br) (cy) (egy) (el) (eo) (eu) (fo) (fr) (gl) (got) (grc) (he) (hi) (id) (iu) (is) (it) (km) (ko) (la) (lt) (lv) (nah) (no) (non) (oc) (pt) (ru) (sgn) (sq) (sv) (sw) (tr) (zhc)


Return to “Central and South American Indigenous Languages”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest