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.
1
20 thirty = (two × fifteen)
3
(three × (fifteen ^ two + (minus two × fifteen) + six
(minus one × (fifteen ^ four + (three × (fifteen ^ three +
(four × (fifteen ^ two + (minus five × fifteen) + three
Onedigit Numbers
Here are the names for the onedigit numbers:
(qi)hha  0  
xita  1  mullu 


ra  2  kannu 


kifi  3  bila 


nuru  4  missu 


guhi  5  laffi 


’usi  6  jusiti 


salumi  7  haki 

(qi)hha 0
xita 1
ra 2
kifi 3
nuru 4
guhi 5
’usi 6
salumi 7
haki
jusiti
laffi
missu
bila
kannu
mullu
The full form qihha zero is only used when by itself, or first in a number or noun phrase.
Twodigit 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 Fourdigit Numbers
Three and fourdigit 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 threedigit numbers beginning with a 1 are formed by prefixing takki to the remainder.
Three and fourdigit 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 indexmarked 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}
Nonintegral 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 nonzero 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
bijju first
matta second
kifuju third
nuruju fourth
salumuju seventh
saqikkuju fifteenth
saxituju sixteenth
takkuju two hundred and twentyfifth
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
“the fourth king.”
“due to the seven queens.”
Numbers can be suffixed to a noun to denote not the quantity, but a quality.
seven story
“seven books”
storyseven
“septet”
The number ra two can be used in this way to refer to a pair of something that is usually found in pairs