30 June 2016
Word derivation for "sixteen" :
Basque = hamasei (from ten + six)
Finnish = kuusitoista (six + -teen)
Miresua = suitima (six + -teen)
This new word is also more Finnish than Basque, but hopefully not too much so. I want some regularity in Miresua.
The word sixteen doesn't occur in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or Through the Looking-glass. Although I found out that fifteen does, so I've updated my previous post.
22 June 2016
Word derivation for "fifteen" :
Basque = hamabost (from ten + five)
Finnish = viisitoista (five + -teen)
Miresua = vositima (five + -teen)
Another new number word. This one is more Finnish than Basque, but I think not unreasonably so.
When I originally posted this, I wasn't sure if the word fifteen occurred in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or not. I didn't have a searchable text handy. Now I can happily say fifteen appears once in the book.
"...she came upon a low curtain she had not noticed before, and behind it was a little door about fifteen inches high: she tried the little golden key in the lock, and to her great delight it fitted!"
10 June 2016
Word derivation for "fourteen" :
Basque = hamalau (from ten + four)
Finnish = neljätoista (four + -teen)
Miresua = nelutima (four + -teen)
Another new word, as I continue to make words to count upward from ten.
The word fourteen doesn't appear in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but I found it once in Through the Looking-glass.
"Are you a child or a teetotum?" the Sheep said, as she took up another pair of needles. "You'll make me giddy soon, if you go on turning round like that." She was now working with fourteen pairs at once, and Alice couldn't help looking at her in great astonishment.
"How CAN she knit with so many?" the puzzled child thought to herself.
06 June 2016
Word derivation for "thirteen" :
Basque = hamahiru (from ten + three)
Finnish = kolmetoista (three + -teen)
Miresua = kiretima (three + -teen)
This is a new word. Upon consideration, I've decided to modify my Miresua conlang suffix for -teen from -taima to -tima. That means my words for eleven and twelve, which I previously posted, are no longer entirely correct, and will need to be revisited later.
The word thirteen appears once in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
"I'll try if I know all the things I used to know. Let me see: four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen, and four times seven is -- oh dear!"