quantity, either countable (using number - definite
numerals) or uncountable (inexpressible using number - indefinite
numerals). Further are numerals divided into cardinal, ordinal,
multiple and generic.
in many respects similar as to pronouns, to adjectives (ordinal, multiple
of repetition) as to adverbs (cardinal, indefinite), what is mirrored in
the model of their creation. Numerals are either connected with the counted
(three dogs - raxrontu) or with related determinative (three - omrax).
These numerals mean
only quantity, oneself they name numbers. They answer the
om (how much?) question:
1- paji, 2- doju, 3- rax, 4- fol, 5- din,
6- raji, 7- tid, 8- ini, 9- int, 10- lert,
100- drid, 1000-
berb, million- ralib, billion- ralin,
trillion- duheb, quadrillion-
Composita are made following this model:
dindrid raxlert omini
express position in sequence. They are answer to -om
(which one in the sequence?) and they behave like an adhesion affixes:
which house in the line? - kastiyeom, the fourty third (house)
ordinal numeral with attributive determinative a serves as a generic
numeral, expressing plural of collectives and propagatives (greenwood
- lajatlum, two greenwoods - lajatlumadoju).
These numerals are
used to record repetition or multiplication of noun.
Repetition (how many times?
onom): single -
onpaji, double - ondoju,
triple - onrax...
Multiplication (how many
times? omlam): once -
pajilam, twice - dojulam...
Addition (plus how much?
omon): plus one - pajion, plus two - dojuon...
Fraction (which part? ompa):
1/2 - pajilam dojupa, 3/5 - raxlam dinpa,
follert dinlam drid follert raxpa.
express quantity we
cannot or do not want to count,
i.e. assign with number: thus much - omo, several - omko,
lots of, plenty - oma, few, little - ome.