# Numbers

## Cardinal Numbers

High Lulani numbers are written with the positive digits (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7), their negative counterparts (

When writing out a number, each digit is worth fifteen times as much as the following digit. A period (fractional point: . ) is used to separate the integer part of the number from the mantissa. A comma (,) is used in the integer part to separate the digits into groupings of four, beginning from the fractional point.

2 *two*

5.*four and four-fifths = five + (minus three × (fifteen ^ minus one*

1*eight = (one × fifteen) + (minus seven*)

20 *thirty = (two × fifteen*)

3*six hundred and forty-one =*

*(three × (fifteen ^ two* + (minus two × fifteen) + six

*minus thirty-nine thousand, six hundred and seventy-two =*

*(minus one × (fifteen ^ four* + (three × (fifteen ^ three +

(four × (fifteen ^ two + (minus five × fifteen) + three

### One-digit Numbers

Here are the names for the one-digit numbers:

(qi)hha | 0 | ||||

xita | 1 |
mullu | |||

ra | 2 |
kannu | |||

kifi | 3 |
billa | |||

nuru | 4 |
missu | |||

guhi | 5 |
laffi | |||

’usi | 6 |
jusiti | |||

salumi | 7 |
haki |

The full form qihha *zero* is only used when by itself, or first in a number or noun phrase.

### Two-digit Numbers

Numbers between 1

Round numbers, *i.e.:* numbers ending with a single zero, use the suffix -hha.

sahha 10

rahha 20

**kifihha** 30

All other two digit numbers, except for 22, are formed by juxtaposing the tens digit with the units.

The word for 22, the exception, is ranira.

### Three- and Four-digit Numbers

Three- and four-digit numbers are divided into the number of hundreds, and the remainder. This remainder is always the last two digits of the number.

The word for 100 is takki.

Other three-digit numbers beginning with a 1 are formed by prefixing takki to the remainder.

Three- and four-digit numbers greater than this are formed by appending takki to the number of hundreds, which is then followed by the remainder as a separate word.

In any of these cases, if the remainder is zero, it is left off.

### Higher and Lower Order Numbers

When a number is written out in digits, each set of four digits from the fractional point makes up a group. The group furthest from the fractional point may not have this full quota of digits. An index marker notes the identity of a particular group.

The index marker is composed of the prefix pa followed by the number of groups between this one and the fractional point. Positive index numbers are for the integer part of the number, and negative index numbers are for the mantissa.

The index marker is suffixed to the group word.

’usitakki mullurapaxita 6

There is nothing preventing an index-marked number being used within another index marker, although the second pa is usually geminated.

**pappaxita** 1,0000^{1,0000}

**papappaxita** 1,0000^{1,0000^1,0000}

### Non-integral Numbers

#### Reading Mantissas

There are two ways to read a mantissa.

One uses the above method of index markers, and the second reads out the digits in pairs or individually. These methods are often combined: using index markers for the first digit groups, and then continuing to read digits separately.

#### Repeating and Reflecting Strings

All rational numbers end with a repeating string of digits. For some numbers, this string is “0”. In non-zero cases, the word tuni repeat is inserted before the repeating string. The string must be read out with individual digits.

There are also numbers for which the repeating string can be cut in half, with digits in the second half being the negative of the digits in the first half. For these, only the first half is read out, with the word mala reflect inserted.

paqihha xita tuni guhira 0.15252…

paqihha xita mala guhira 0.152

#### Fractions

The suffix ki separates the numerator from the denominator. Saki is used if the numerator is 1. There is also a commonly used variant for ½: ’ima.

## Ordinal Numbers

Ordinal numbers are used to mark position in a line or a list.

The first two ordinal numbers are suppletive, that is, they are not related to their cardinals. All other ordinals are formed by adding the suffix -uju

bijaju *first*

matta *second*

**kifuju** *third*

**nuruju** *fourth*

**salumuju** *seventh*

**saqikkuju** *fifteenth*

**saxituju** *sixteenth*

**takkuju** *two hundred and twenty-fifth*

## Using Numbers

Ordinal and cardinal numbers are used in noun phrases, and are inserted between any case markers or adpositions, and the noun.

**nuruju** kimilli

*four-**king*

“the fourth king.”

*-seven queen*

“due to the seven queens.”

Numbers can be suffixed to a noun to denote not the quantity, but a quality.

seven story-

“seven books”

*story*-*seven*

“septet”

The number ra *two* can be used in this way to refer to a pair of something that is usually found in pairs