Email from Frommer re: Numbers (or: The full number chart!)

Started by Nayumeie, January 30, 2010, 08:10:13 PM

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roger

Why are we assuming that the numbers between zam and mezam are single words? They may well be linked with , and even if not, be thought of as more than one word.

Tsu'roen

Somewhere in one of Frommers interviews or posts I've read that Na'vi builds words like German by clustering basic words together to form a new one and not like English where the basic words usually remain separate.

example for numbers: 1425
= Eintausendvierhundertfünfundzwanzig  in German
= One thousand four hundred and twenty five  in English
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roger

Quote from: Tsu'roen on February 01, 2010, 05:49:37 AM
Somewhere in one of Frommers interviews or posts I've read that Na'vi builds words like German by clustering basic words together to form a new one and not like English where the basic words usually remain separate.

example for numbers: 1425
= Eintausendvierhundertfünfundzwanzig  in German
= One thousand four hundred and twenty five  in English
Yeah, but even German has an "and" in there.

Tsu'roen

The "und" is there only because German turns the last two numberes out of order:
English: twenty five
German: fünf.und.zwanzig (= 5 + 20)
Na'vi: mevomrr (25 oct.)
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roger

Quote from: Tsu'roen on February 01, 2010, 06:26:18 AM
The "und" is there only because German turns the last two numberes out of order:
English: twenty five
German: fünf.und.zwanzig (= 5 + 20)
Na'vi: mevomrr (25 oct.)
But the German would still be intelligible w/o the und. I'm just saying we don't know what Na'vi does between zam and mezam, or even if it's standardized.

Tsu'roen

Quote from: roger on February 01, 2010, 07:10:10 AM
Quote from: Tsu'roen on February 01, 2010, 06:26:18 AM
The "und" is there only because German turns the last two numberes out of order:
English: twenty five
German: fünf.und.zwanzig (= 5 + 20)
Na'vi: mevomrr (25 oct.)
But the German would still be intelligible w/o the und. I'm just saying we don't know what Na'vi does between zam and mezam, or even if it's standardized.
No, "fünfzwanzig" is gramatically wrong and "fünf zwanzig" could be interpreted as 5 x 20 or 520
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Na'rìghawnu

#46
QuoteBut the German would still be intelligible w/o the und.

???

No, it surely isn't intelligible, at least not as it is now.
If a person would say "fünf zwanzig", I'm quite sure that I'd not know, that he means "fünfundzwanzig".
"Fünf zwanzig" simply doesn't make any sense.
Maybe 520 or 5.20 (Euro) ...

E. g. "Das macht fünf zwanzig." (lit.: "This makes five twenty") is understood as "The price is 5.20 (Euro)". No German speaker would understand, that you could mean 25 (Euro). This is for sure!

Erimeyz

Quote from: Tsu'roen on February 01, 2010, 05:49:37 AM
Somewhere in one of Frommers interviews or posts I've read that Na'vi builds words like German by clustering basic words together to form a new one and not like English where the basic words usually remain separate.

Can you find that interview or post?  I don't remember seeing anything from Frommer in that regard.

We know that some words are formed by compounds, for example yomtìng 'feed' from yom 'eat' + tìng 'give.'  But we know that some other compound-like words keep the parts separate: eltu si 'pay attention' from eltu 'brain' + si 'do'.  Okay, technically 'si' is an auxilliary verb, but still.  I don't think we can say as a general principle that Na'vi likes cramming words together, especially for something as long as mezamevolaw.

  - Eri

Mako

Quote from: Tsu'roen on February 01, 2010, 05:10:10 AM
This is what I've come up with so far. If two "m" would come together I reduced them to "m".
The structure is pretty straight forward until 107 (octal) but then it gets a bit more complicated ...

So is Tsu'roen right? This was how I thought you would count, but I want to make sure that he/she's right.

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Thorinbur

#50
Hahaha!
23456(in octal) = mezazapxevozatsìzamrrvofu

Irayo! Great news!
BTW: script failed with this num
made 1253*8 + 6 and decidet to translate it to: undefinedvofu
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Nayumeie

Quote from: Sänumeyu on January 31, 2010, 09:52:19 PM
Ok, so for those of us who don't understand octal, can you explain in simple terms? I don't understand how numbers are combined.
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Prrton

Quote from: Nayumeie on January 30, 2010, 08:10:13 PM
A few days ago, I sent Paul Frommer an e-mail asking about the Na'vi numbers (there were other questions, too, but that was the only one that got answered). His response:

On a related note: Squeeeee!

EDIT: So here we have the full chart (as I see it):

0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7
0   vol   mevol   pxevol   tsìvol   mrrvol   puvol   kivol
1'aw    volaw   mevolaw   pxevolaw   tsìvolaw   mrrvolaw   puvolaw   kivolaw
2mune   vomun   mevomun   pxevomun   tsìvomun   mrrvomun   puvomun   kivomun
3pxey   vopey   mevopey   pxevopey   tsìvopey   mrrvopey   puvopey   kivopey
4tsìng   vosìng   mevosìng   pxevosìng   tsìvosìng   mrrvosìng   puvosìng   kivosìng
5mrr   vomrr   mevomrr   pxevomrr   tsìvomrr   mrrvomrr   puvomrr   kivomrr
6pukap   vofu   mevofu   pxevofu   tsìvofu   mrrvofu   puvofu   kivofu
7kinä   vohin   mevohin   pxevohin   tsìvohin   mrrvohin   puvohin   kivohin


x1   combining   x8   x64   x512   x4096
1'aw    -aw   vol   zam   vozam   zazam
2mune   -mun   mevol   mezam   mevozam   mezazam
3pxey   -pey   pxevol   pxezam   pxevozam   pxezazam
4tsìng   -sìng   tsìvol   tsìzam   tsìvozam   tsìzazam
5mrr   -mrr   mrrvol   mrrzam   mrrvozam   mrrzazam
6pukap   -fu   puvol   puzam   puvozam   puzazam
7kinä   -hin   kivol   kizam   kivozam   kizazam

I'm not 100% sure how the zam forms combine to add a number in the ones place. It's possible that you just make another word, but the vol forms don't. So is 66 zammun, zamun, or zam mune? I think I'd put my money on zamun, slä ke omum oe.

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So... lets say I wanted to say that there were 9 of something... How do I express 9?

wm.annis

Quote from: Megan Megatoast on February 01, 2010, 04:56:22 PM
So... lets say I wanted to say that there were 9 of something... How do I express 9?

volaw: 8 + 1.

Tsu'roen

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Ngeyä Sa'nok

Quote from: wm.annis on February 01, 2010, 04:58:24 PM
Quote from: Megan Megatoast on February 01, 2010, 04:56:22 PM
So... lets say I wanted to say that there were 9 of something... How do I express 9?

volaw: 8 + 1.

Thanks so much!

So I've gotten conversion from base 10 to base 8 down... but how do I convert from base 8 to base 10? I'm probably missing something obvious.  :-[

omängum fra'uti

Here's a hint...

In decimal
135
1 = 1 (hundreds = 10 x 10)
3 = 3 (tens = 10)
5 = 5 (ones)

In octal
135
1 = 1 (sixtyfours = (octal)10 x 10 = (decimal) 8 x 8)
3 = 3 (eights = (octal)10 = (decimal)8)
5 = 5 (ones)
= 1 x 64 + 3 x 8 + 5 x 1 = 93 (decimal)
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dky.tehkingd.u

#59
Great... numbers etc. W00tz!  :D

Now how would we actually use them in context? Do they count as adjectives or are there other rules applied to them?  ???


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