The Neholek Numbers

The grammatical numbers :

The Neholek distinguish three numbers : singular (unmarked), plural [–pso], and collective [–(b)i]. the suffix is added at the end of the whole noun group. For example : nehaekakolnot « a blue zombie », nehaekakolnotpso « blue zombies », nehaekakolnoti « the blue zombies community ».

(NB : The suffix –pso is also used as an amplifier in verbs ; it doesn't mean the action is done multiple times)

The mathematical numbers :

The number 16 is sacred for the Nehobi people. That's why they count in hexadecimal. They're using arabic digits plus six additional symbols inspired by the modern usages (X for the roman 10, then B-F) :

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9      

10 is actually 16, 2 is 43, and  is 255. Read more about hexadecimal.

Each digit is separated in the number by sa, that we could translate by « power of 16 ». If a digit within the number (except in the last position) is equal to zero, you won't use nelsa « 0×16 », but rather la « null ».

A few recursive examples :

  •  = 12×16¹ + 15×16⁰ = dot·sa tan (however, the usage wants it to be agglutinated into dotsatan). That's actually 207 in decimal.
  • 207 = 2×16² + 0×16¹ + 7×16⁰ = doi·sa la zap (doisalazap). That's actually 519 in decimal.
  • 519 = 5×16² + 1×16¹ + 9×16⁰ = kon·sa e·sa pi (konsaesapi). That's actually 1305 in decimal.
  • 1305 = 1×16³ + 3×16² + 0×16¹ + 5×16⁰ = e·sa hi·sa la kon (esahisalakon). That's actually 4869 in decimal.

And so on. The system may seem complicated, but hey, compare « four hundred seventy-three thousand and ninety-eight » and « zapsahisakoksaladek ». At least, it's optimal !

The following table gives the number in hexadecimal. You can convert them to get a decimal value, but the pronunciation stays the same :

0 nel 10 sa 20 doisa 30 hisa
1 e 11 sae 21 doisae 40 cetsa
2 doi 12 sadoi 22 doisadoi 50 konsa
3 hi 13 sahi 23 doisahi 60 sesa
4 cet 14 sacet 24 doisacet 70 zapsa
5 kon 15 sakon 25 doisakon 80 oksa
6 ses 16 sases 26 doisases 90 pisa
7 zap 17 sazap 27 doisazap 0 deksa
8 (k)ok 18 sakok 28 doisakok 0 elsa
9 pi 19 sapi 29 doisapi 0 dotsa
dek 1 sadek 2 doisadek 0 zensa
el 1 sael 2 doisael 0 silsa
dot 1 sadot 2 doisadot 0 tansa
zen 1 sazen 2 doisazen 100 sala
sil 1 sasil 2 doisasil 207 doisalazap
tan 1 satan 2 doisatan 1000 salala

Neholek number parser

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